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Todd River - A Rare Occurrence

Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia

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The origins of the Todd River begin in the MacDonnell Ranges, where it flows past the Telegraph Station, almost through the centre of Alice Springs, through Heavitree Gap and continuing on for some distance  before it becomes a tributary of the Hale River, that eventually flows into Lake Eyre in South Australia.1

The Todd catchment is a dryland river system, containing sparse vegetation. During significant rain, much of the sediment is carried downstream, being mainly clays and silts, the sediment is suspended in the river flow, causing the water to appear brown.

Much of the time, the river appears dry, except for the occasional water hole along it's length. It is the River Red Gum seen growing along the river course, that is the indicator of water not far below the river bed surface.
 
On the rare occasion there is any significant rainfall in the region, visitors and locals alike can bear witness to the Todd River in flow.

Following are some images of the Todd River in flow:

Todd River Images

2010 January Todd River
Follow Me on PinterestTodd River - 7 January 2010
Southern end of the Todd River, before Heavitree Gap, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Austraila. Enjoying the Todd River, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia Southern end of Todd River, Alice Springs, Northern Territory, Australia.
Todd River - 8 January 2010
Todd River spilling across Tuncks Road, causing it's temporary closure. Todd River from the north side of Tuncks Road. Todd River, with Stott Terrace Bridge and Meyer’s Hill in the Olive Pink Botanic Garden.
Looking south down Todd River as it spills across Tuncks Road. View across Todd Rive, with Olive Pink Botanic Garden in the background. Todd River south of the Ross River Bridge.
Locals playing in the Todd River. Enjoying the Todd River. Looking north up the Todd with the Ross River Bridge up river.
Spectacular examples of River Red Gum along the Todd River. Dog friendly play in the Todd River. River Red Gum and family dog enjoying the Todd River.
A great dog friendly play event, the Todd River in flow. Swimming in the Todd River with the family pet. Dog friendly play in the Todd River.
Todd River - 9 January 2010
Road closure due to ‘Water Over Road’. Wills Terrace and Undoolya Road Main Causeway closure due to overflow from the Todd River. Todd River overflows Undoolya Road Main Causeway.
Overflow from the Todd River forces the closure of the road at the Wills Terrace. View of the floodwater in the Todd River from the Wills Terrace pedestrian walkway. Looking down on the Undoolya Road Main Causeway from the Wills Terrace pedestrian walkway.
Looking down on the Undoolya Road Main Causeway. Looking down at the Todd River cascading across the Undoolya Road Main Causeway. Looking north up the Todd River from the Wills Terrace pedestrian walkway.
Looking north up the Todd River from the Wills Terrace pedestrian walkway. Todd River, fast flowing and lapping higher on the banks as it approaches Heavitree Gap. The view back up Todd River, with East MacDonnell Ranges in the background.
Todd River approaching Heavitree Gap, where the East and West MacDonnell Ranges meet. Local children enjoying the experience of water flowing down the Todd River. Image of the Todd River from the west bank.
Young River Red Gums in the Todd River surrounded by water. Todd River, with the East MacDonnell Ranges in the background. Todd River with Taffy Pick Crossing in the background.
Todd River with Taffy Pick Crossing and East MacDonnell Ranges in the background. Taffy Pick Crossing under water. Locals enjoying the spectacle of the Todd River.
Taffy Pick Crossing. View back backup the Todd River from the south side of Taffy Pick Crossing. Todd River pass the start of the East MacDonnell Ranges and through Heavitree Gap on the right.
Looking north back up the Todd River. Todd River heading towards Heavitree Gap, where East and West MacDonnell Ranges meet. Todd River flowing through Heavitree Gap.
Todd River - 12 January 2010
Enjoying the Todd River... Speed racing across the Todd... Cute local...
Speed racing across the Todd... Scenic Todd River, blue sky, river red gum, water and the locals... View north up the Todd River.
View south down Todd River. Enjoying the river with River Red Gum in the background. Locals enjoying the Todd River...
Cute local in the Todd... View south of the receding water in the Todd River, with Heavitree Gap in the background. Local enjoying what is left of the water...
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Source:
1 Australian Bureau of Meterology - Todd River and Alice Springs Region Rainfall and River Height Info
2 Sunday Territorian (NT News) - Todd Floods for Christmas (Paul Jackson)
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