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Orara River

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- elevation  200 m (656 ft)
Mouth  Clarence River
- elevation  5 m (16 ft)
Country  Australia

- left  Urumbilum River, Nana Creek, Tallawudjah Creek, Coldwater Creek (New South Wales), Kangaroo River, Chambigne Creek
- location  east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee
- location  southeast of Copmanhurst
Sources  Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range

Orara River, a perennial stream of the Clarence River catchment, is located in the Northern Rivers district of New South Wales, Australia.


Map of Orara River, New South Wales, Australia

Course and features

Orara River rises on the eastern slopes of the Dorrigo Plateau, Great Dividing Range, east of Dorrigo and west of Boambee, and flows in a meandering course generally north east north and north-west, joined by six tributaries including Urumbilum River and Kangaroo River, before reaching its confluence with the Clarence River, southeast of Copmanhurst. The river descends 195 metres (640 ft) over its 156 kilometres (97 mi) course; and flows through the Dorrigo National Park in its upper reaches.

Major communities along the river include Coramba, Nana Glen, Glenreagh, Coutts Crossing, Ramornie, and Eatonville.

In recent years, the river has suffered from overuse, particularly due to irrigation projects and the river's use as the major source of water for the city of Coffs Harbour. This has led to siltation in the river, and the virtual decimation of the river's freshwater fish stocks.

The name of the river is believed to be derived from Urara, an Aboriginal phrase meaning "where the perch live".


Orara River Wikipedia

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