Red clay banks along the river

Lower Murrumbidgee

Key Waypoints and Information

The main section of the river. This starts off in the lower inland slopes of the Great Dividing Range but is mostly on the flat expansive alluvial plains of the Riverina that provides fertile agricultural land for many farms. As the river meets the Murray, you are at the boundary of the Riverina and the arid far western areas of NSW.

The average time it takes for water to flow down the Murrumbidgee from Jugiong to the River Murray confluence is approximately 25 days, or 45 km per day.

Key Waypoints

  • 0 km(472.7 km)

    Jugiong

    Elevation 239 m
    Coordinates 34° 49' 30.2" S, 148° 19' 55.6" E

    There is a singular Grade I/II rapid otherwise this section should be fast flowing flat water where the main concern is tree strainers on the outside banks, although a strong swirl in the outside of the right bend 2km from Gundagai was noted on Waterways Guide.

    Landscape
    Jugiong Creek
    Distance note 3.9 km upstream from Jugiong Elevation 242 m
    Tumat River
    Distance note 46.2 km from Jugiong Elevation 217 m

    This will likely significantly increase the flow of the river from here.

  • 67.3 km(540 km)

    Gundagai

    Date 23 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 67.3 km Elevation 209 m
    Coordinates 35° 4' 6.2" S, 148° 5' 42.5" E Date Hume Hwy Bridge
    Population 1,900 Supermarket(s) Climate
    Gauge: Gundagai, BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 6.1 m, moderate: 7.6 m, major: 8.5 m
    Flow: no flow: 0 m, recommended: above 0.5 m

    According to the SMH, Gundagai is the iconic Australian country town.

    The river flattens out now and the main concerns are snags in low flows or strainers when the river is in flood.

    Landscape
    Adelong Creek
    Distance note 7.1 km from Gundagai Elevation 206 m
    Billabong Creek
    Distance note 35.8 km from Gundagai Elevation 195 m
    Hillas Creek
    Distance note 45.3 km from Gundagai Elevation 193 m
    Tarcutta Creek
    Distance note 82.7 km from Gundagai Elevation 181 m
    Kyeamba Creek
    Distance note 98.9 km from Gundagai Elevation 175 m
    Landscape
  • 189.6 km(662 km)

    Wagga Wagga

    Date 25 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 122.3 km Elevation 171 m
    Coordinates 35° 5' 59.0" S, 147° 22' 4.4" E Date Hampden Ave Bridge
    Population 56,000 Supermarket(s) Climate
    Gauge: Wagga Wagga, BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 7.3 m, moderate: 9 m, major: 9.6 m
    Flow: no flow: 0 m, recommended: above 0.3 m

    Wagga Wagga is one of NSW largest inland cities.

    River
    Houlaghans Creek
    Distance note 19.6 km from Wagga Wagga Elevation 168 m

    This creek appears to be usually dry from aerial photographs seen.

    Beavers Creek outflow
    Distance note 47.2 km from Wagga Wagga Elevation 164 m
    Berembed Weir (3 GL) outflow
    Distance note 145.4 km from Wagga Wagga Elevation 151 m
    Weir
    Old Man Creek outflow
    Distance note 167 km from Wagga Wagga Elevation 145 m
    Bird nests on a bank
  • 388.3 km(861 km)

    Narrandera

    Date 27 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 198.7 km Elevation 139 m
    Coordinates 34° 45' 20.8" S, 146° 32' 53.7" E Date Newell Hwy Bridge
    Population 3,750 Climate
    Gauge: Narrandera, BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 6.7 m, moderate: 7.3 m, major: 8.2 m
    Flow: no flow: 0.65 m, recommended: above 1.0 m

    Narrandera is a river town with a rich heritage. It stands on the land of the Wiradjuri nation and was once home to the Nharrangura Clan. There is a Coles and Mitre 10 in town.

    Bright cliffs beside the river
    Yanco Creek outflow
    Distance note 18.8 km from Narrandera Elevation 137 m

    Yanco Creek is one of the main distributaries that channels water off to the Murray River, albeit this is now controlled artificially by a system of weirs. The Yanco Weir is another 2.4 km downstream.

    Yanco Weir
    Distance note 21.2 km from Narrandera Elevation 135 m
    Gauge: Yanco Weir (Downstream), BOM; WaterNSW

    Note that there is still 12.6 km of river before the Euroly Rd Bridge that leads to Yanco.

    Weir
  • 425.3 km(898 km)

    Yanco

    Date 27 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 37 km Elevation 132 m
    Coordinates 34° 38' 19.6" S, 146° 22' 25.8" E Date Euroley Rd Bridge
    Population 500 General Store Climate

    Yanco is a small country town with a small general store that is 6.2 km north of the river.

    Coleambally Main Canal outflow
    Distance note 11.3 km from Yanco Elevation 132 m
    Sturt Canal outflow
    Distance note 14.9 km from Yanco Elevation 132 m

    The canal starts 1.6 km down a side arm of the river that branches off 340 m before the weir.

    Gogeldrie Weir (7 GL)
    Distance note 15.2 km from Yanco Elevation 129 m
    Gauge: Gogeldrie Storage, BOM; WaterNSW
    Weir
  • 491.3 km(964 km)

    Darlington Point

    Date 28 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 66 km Elevation 119 m
    Coordinates 34° 34' 1.2" S, 146° 0' 9.9" E Date Bridge St Bridge
    Population 1,000 General Store
    Gauge: Darlington Point, BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 5.5 m, moderate: 7 m, major: 7.3 m
    Flow: no flow: -0.5 m, recommended: above 0.7 m

    Small town with a variety of stores

    River
  • 617.9 km(1,091 km)

    Carrathool

    Date 29 Nov 2020
    Distance between locations 126.7 km Elevation 98 m
    Coordinates 34° 26' 57.6" S, 145° 25' 2.4" E Date Carrathool Rd Bridge
    Population 300
    Gauge: Carrathool, WaterNSW
    Flow: no flow: -0.6 m, recommended: above 0.1 m

    Carrathool is a small village 5.2 km north of the bridge along Carrathool Rd and I am uncertain if you can obtain supplies here so you need to be prepared for a 224 km leg between Darlington Point and Hay.

    Bridge
  • 736.4 km(1,209 km)

    Hay

    Farm
    Date 1 Dec 2020
    Distance between locations 118.5 km Elevation 87 m
    Coordinates 34° 30' 58.3" S, 144° 50' 32.4" E Date Cobb Hwy Bridge
    Population 1,900 Supermarket(s) Climate

    Foodworks and IGA in town.

    Hay Weir (13 GL)
    Distance note 23.2 km from Hay Elevation 80 m
    Gauge: Hay Weir (Downstream), BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 7.7 m, moderate: 8.7 m, major: 9.2 m
    Flow: no flow: 1 m, recommended: above 1.78 m
    Weir
    Uara Creek outflow
    Distance note 69.1 km from Hay Elevation 73 m

    Could this be a possible shortcut if water is very high? There seems to be only a marginal reduction in distance with high snag potential.

    Short-beaked Echidna
  • 841.3 km(1,314 km)

    Maude

    Date 2 Dec 2020
    Distance between locations 104.9 km Elevation 70 m
    Coordinates 34° 28' 39.8" S, 144° 18' 3.3" E Date Maude Rd Bridge
    Population 160 General Store
    Gauge: Maude Weir (Downstream), BOM; WaterNSW
    Flow: no flow: 0 m, recommended: above 0.5 m
    Maude Weir (5 GL)
    Distance note 350 m upstream of Maude Elevation 72 m
    Weir
    Lachlan River
    Date 3 Dec 2020
    Distance note 67.3 km from Maude Elevation 67 m

    Rarely flows outside of very high flow periods.

    North Redbank Channel outflow
    Distance note 99.9 km from Maude Elevation 67 m

    This irrigation channel feeds the inland lakes of Pitarpunga and Tin Tin just to name two. In high floods, these will spill over and feed water back into the river via the usually dry Waldara Creek.

    The channel is 450 m above Redbank Weir.

    Redbank Weir (5 GL)
    Date 5 Dec 2020
    Distance note 100.3 km from Maude Elevation 66 m
    Gauge: Redbank Weir (Downstream), BOM; WaterNSW
    Flow: no flow: -0.48 m, recommended: above 0.1 m
    Weir
    Uara Creek
    Distance note 166 km from Maude Elevation 58 m

    Uara Creek rejoins after separating out 143.4 km upstream.

  • 1,039.3 km(1,512 km)

    Balranald

    Date 6 Dec 2020
    Distance between locations 198 km Elevation 58 m
    Coordinates 34° 38' 47.3" S, 143° 33' 56.6" E Date Sturt Hwy Bridge
    Population 1,200 Supermarket(s) Climate

    Sitting on the edge of the Riverina, Balranald is a fairly remote, semi-desert area bordering the arid far west areas of NSW. An IGA in town.

    Weir
    Balranald Weir
    Distance note 17.1 km from Balranald Elevation 56 m
    Population 130
    Gauge: Balranald Weir (Downstream), BOM; WaterNSW
    Flood: minor: 6.7 m, moderate: 6.9 m, major: 7.1 m
    Flow: no flow: 0.03 m, recommended: above 0.43 m
    Fallen trees
  • 1,143.1 km(1,616 km)

    Murray River

    Date 7 Dec 2020
    Distance between locations 103.9 km Elevation 50 m
    Coordinates 34° 43' 43.9" S, 143° 13' 9.0" E
    River mouth surrounded by trees

    Refer to the Murray River guide if you intend to keep paddling down towards SA, though the first two towns that you could take out from are noted below.

    Boundary Bend (VIC)
    Distance note 14.6 km from the confluence Elevation 50 m
    Population 130 General Store

    You could organise a ride from the town or even maybe the rest area on Murray Valley Highway, VIC (B400) that is only 9.2 km downstream from the confluence if you are struggling with tired arms!

    Mirror surface on wide river
    Robinvale (VIC) / Euston (NSW)
    Date 9 Dec 2020
    Distance note 107.6 km from the confluence Elevation 48 m
    Population 4,100 Supermarket(s)

    This final section will likely add 2 or 3 days to your trip if you aim for these towns with the faster flowing waters of the Murray River.

    There is an IGA in Robinvale which is the largest of the two towns.

    Houseboats on the river