River Basin Maps
Minimum flow is around 2 Cumecs and a good flow is considered to be above 10 Cumecs. The latter is my personal minimum. Flows are estimated from the BOM river feeds that give river heights only and I used historical records to correlate these heights to the historical flows. Some flow heights are estimates only.
- No flow
- Height where flow ceased was assumed to be zero if no historical data was found.
- Poor flow
- A level that is likely too low to kayak, with a flow under 2 Cumecs.
- Low flow
- A level that maybe paddlable? The flow was calculated to be under 10 Cumecs.
- Good flow
- A flow over 10 Cumecs.
Data pulled from Bureau of Meteorology.
Official Flow Sources
- MDBA Murray Darling System Overview
- An excellent instant view of the Murray Darling system. Includes tributaries such as the Mitta Mitta, Ovens, Goulburn and Murrumbidgee rivers as well as others. This should be your goto resource if you are considering doing the Murray River!
The quality of the flows in the following sites are based on historical percentiles. Since the average flows from many inland rivers are fairly poor, look for high flows in the following maps (i.e. 80% or 90% above average flows).
- QLD Stations
- Water Monitoring Information Portal run by the QLD government.
- NSW Stations
- WaterNSW real time data overview.
- VIC Stations
- DELWP real time data overview.
- SA Stations
- WaterConnect from SA government.
- Rainfall Observation
- Map of daily, weekly and monthly rainfall observations can show potential inflows.
- Rainfall Forecast
- Raw data from their computer models to estimate 5 day rainfall amounts. Useful to use in combination with local area forecasts.
- Rainfall Outlook
- A longer term outlook looking ahead up to 3 months.
- ENSO Outlook
- La Niña, a negative IOD and a positive SAM all point to a wetter forecast for the eastern coast.
- Landscape Water Balance
- This can provide an insight to what runoffs can be expected with rain. If there is a water deficit, much of any rainfall will be sucked up by the dry soil, before feeding the creeks and streams.
Map vector data is a mix of manually created content and basin boundaries supplied from Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia (© Commonwealth of Australia 2014)
Rainfall Observations and Forecasts
The Bureau of Meteorology provide a number of various tools to look at forecast rainfall including: