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Warrego River

River of Sand

Note, there have been no known trips. Everything is based on water gauge flows and topo maps only.

If you have any additional information, let me know!

The Warrego River is an ephemeral river that flows from near Mount Ka Ka Mundi near where Kelly Gully and Dooloogarah Creeks join, on the western side of the Carnarvon Range (Great Dividing Range). The river flows down to the confluence with Darling River between Bourke and Louth.

It will rarely flow outside of la Niña wet seasons and maybe cyclone driven weather events.

The longest tributary appears to be Dooloogarah Creek that forms from the confluences of Sunday and Ralph Creeks. Sunday Creek and / or its tributaries appear to have the longest and these lead to Mount Sugarloaf, the highest and the most prominent mountain in the Carnarvon Range.

Key Waypoints

  • (~100 km)

    Mount Sugarloaf

    Elevation 1,154 m
    Coordinates 34° 46' 6.6" S, 149° 26' 25.1" E
    Sunday Creek
    Source: 24° 53' 6.4" S, 147° 57' 13.7" E
    Mouth: 24° 58' 21.0" S, 147° 41' 1.0" E
    Length: 40.7 km
    Fall: 411 m (10.11‰)
    Dooloogarah Creek
    Source: 24° 58' 21.0" S, 147° 41' 1.0" E
    Mouth: 25° 3' 47.5" S, 147° 29' 45.6" E
    Length: 45.3 km
    Fall: 77 m (1.70‰)
  • 0 km

    Warrego River

    Elevation 618 m
    Coordinates 25° 3' 47.5" S, 147° 29' 45.6" E

  • 214 km

    Augathella

    Distance between locations 213.8 km Elevation 369 m Slope 1.16‰
    Coordinates 25° 47' 24.0" S, 146° 35' 30.8" E
    Population 450 General Store

    Sitting on the Landsborough Highway the town is served by Bus Queensland (Mt Isa to Brisbane route).

    Small creek Google Street View

  • 300 km

    Charleville

    Distance between locations 86.1 km Elevation 297 m Slope 0.84‰
    Coordinates 26° 24' 1.1" S, 146° 14' 13.2" E
    Population 3,300 Supermarket(s)

    The Westlander train and Bus Queensland (Mt Isa to Brisbane route).

    Small river Google Street View

  • 422 km

    Wyanda

    Distance between locations 110.2 km Elevation 233 m Slope 0.52‰
    Coordinates 27° 14' 40.2" S, 145° 58' 12.0" E
    Population 100

  • 532 km

    Cunnamulla, QLD

    Distance between locations 68.0 km Elevation 186 m Slope 0.43‰
    Coordinates 28° 4' 10.2" S, 145° 40' 41.9" E
    Population 1,150 Supermarket(s)

    Wide pond Google Street View

    The QLD - NSW border is 125.2 km downstream of Cunnamulla, roughly half way to Lower Lila Dam, NSW.

  • 708 km

    Enngonia, NSW

    Distance between locations 176 km Elevation 134 m Slope 0.30‰
    Coordinates 29° 19' 12.6" S, 145° 50' 29.6" E

    Small one pub town.

    Small stream Google Street View

    Lower Lila Dam, NSW
    Distance between locations 63.6 km
    Six Mile Dam
    Distance between locations 12.3 km
    Fords Bridge
    Distance between locations 11.0 km
    Name given to Bourke-Hungerford Rd (Dowling Track) crossing.
    Bourke Milparinka Rd Crossing
    Distance between locations 29.7 km
    Gumbelie Dam
    Distance between locations 800 m
    Twenty Mile Dam
    Distance between locations 7.4 km
    Turtle Waterhole
    Boera Dam
    Distance between locations 6.8 km
    Booka Dam
    Distance between locations 11.8 km
    Keernie Dam
    Distance between locations 14.3 km
    Peoples Dam
    Distance between locations 14.5 km
  • 884 km

    Darling River

    Distance between locations 176 km Elevation 103 m Slope 0.18‰
    Coordinates 30° 24' 13.3" S, 145° 20' 52.4" E

    Louth
    Distance note 55 km From Confluence
    Tilpa
    Distance note 223 km From Confluence
  • 1,378 km

    Wilcannia

    Distance between locations 494 km Elevation 66 m Slope 0.07‰
    Coordinates 31° 33' 35.6" S, 143° 22' 46.2" E
    Supermarket(s)

    First semi-major town on the Darling River with public transport options.

River Map

Key locations and towns along the river are shown below.

  • Mount Sugarloaf
  • Sunday and Ralph Creek Confluences
  • Dooloogarah Confluence
  • Augathella
  • Charleville
  • Wyanda
  • Cunnamulla
  • Lower Lila Dam
  • Six Mile Dam
  • Gumbelie Dam
  • Twenty Mile Dam
  • Boera Dam
  • Booka Dam
  • Keernie Dam
  • Peoples Dam
  • Darling River Confluence
  • Louth
  • Tilpa
  • Wilcannia

Distance Table

The distances were calculated by manually digitizing the river path from Bing aerial images in QGIS (WGS 84 / UTM Zone 55S).

Distances (KM)
Sunday
Dooloogarah
Warrego
Augathella
Charleville
Wyanda
Cunnamulla
Fords Br
Darling
Louth
Tilpa
Wilcannia
Distances (KM)
Sunday Ck 0 41 86 300 386 508 618 881 970 1,025 1,193 1,464 Sunday Ck
Dooloogarah Ck 41 0 45 259 345 467 578 840 929 984 1,152 1,423 Dooloogarah Ck
Warrego River 86 45 0 214 300 422 532 795 884 939 1,107 1,378 Warrego River
Augathella 300 259 214 0 86 208 319 581 670 725 893 1,164 Augathella
Charleville 386 345 300 86 0 122 232 495 584 639 807 1,078 Charleville
Wyanda 508 467 422 208 122 0 110 373 462 516 684 955 Wyanda
Cunnamulla 618 578 532 319 232 110 0 263 352 406 574 845 Cunnamulla
Fords Bridge 881 840 795 581 495 373 263 0 89 144 312 583 Fords Bridge
Darling River 970 929 884 670 584 462 352 89 0 55 223 494 Darling River
Louth 1,025 984 939 725 639 516 406 144 55 0 168 439 Louth
Tilpa 1,193 1,152 1,107 893 807 684 574 312 223 168 0 271 Tilpa
Wilcannia 1,464 1,423 1,378 1,164 1,078 955 845 583 494 439 271 0 Wilcannia
Distances (KM)
Sunday
Dooloogarah
Warrego
Augathella
Charleville
Wyanda
Cunnamulla
Fords Br
Darling
Louth
Tilpa
Wilcannia
Distances (KM)

Flow

There wasn't that much data on the river, but enough to do some basic analysis of the recent flow events. Some key observations:

  • A decent flow at Fords Bridge is needed before the waters will reach the lower reaches and into the Darling. Large numbers of dams seen in the lower section could hinder small flows from reaching the Darling.
  • The flow seems to correlate to localised rainfall runoffs rather than headwater rainfall, albeit the entire upper basin tributaries have converged by the time you get to Cunnamulla.
  • Flow longevity is short, limited to a week or two unless there is persistent rainfall.

If the billabongs / pools are anything like those in other areas around the Darling Downs, the smaller ones will quickly dry up making traversing a non-flowing stream extremely difficult.

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Homesteads

Sunday and Dooloogarah Creeks are within Dooloogarah Station, south of Carnarvon Station Reserve. Some of the stations and homesteads that can be found along the river, excluding the 40 or so homesteads between Augathella and Cunnamulla (one every 10 km or so).

46 km Barngo
73 km Torres Park
84 km Babbiloora
113 km Blogarella
174 km Lucknow
180 km Waverley
Slightly east off Hoganthulla Ck
192 km Poseidon
206 km Rosewood
551 km Glencoe
Last of the cluster of homesteads just south of Cunnamulla
578 km Rocky
594 km Coonberry Plains
647 km Owangowan
663 km Barringun
A number of stations around this locality include Lanihuli, New Park, Rose Hill and Rostella
674 km Riverview
Winrae is east further and Allawah homestead is 4 km west
683 km Belalie
698 km The Cato
720 km Springvale
729 km Congararra
Out west slightly up Multagoona Ck
733 km Springvale
769 km Lower Lila
799 km Waverley
804 km Ningawalla
823 km Gumbalie
865 km Toorale