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Regional fact sheets

From mountain ranges to floodplains, the Murray–Darling Basin supports a diverse range of landscapes, industries and communities.

In recognition of this diversity, we have created a suite of 18 regional fact sheets that summarise key facts and features of the Basin.

The fact sheets relate to the regions of Barwon–Darling, Border Rivers – Moonie, Condamine–Balonne, Goulburn–Broken, Gwydir, Lachlan, Loddon–Avoca, Lower Darling, Lower Murray Macquarie–Castlereagh, Mid–Murray, Murrumbidgee, Namoi, The Riverland, Sunraysia, Upper Murray, Warrego–Paroo and Wimmera.

You might also like to read more about the 22 Catchments in the Murray–Darling Basin.

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Regional fact sheets
Barwon–Darling region

The region is located predominantly within north‑western New South Wales and covers 142,173 km² or 13% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Barwon–Darling catchment in this region.

Border Rivers – Moonie region

The region includes about 5% of the Murray–Darling Basin and contributes 6% of its water. It includes a 450 km section of the border between Queensland and New South Wales made up of the Dumaresq, Macintyre and the Barwon rivers.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Border Rivers catchment and the Moonie catchment in this region.

Condamine–Balonne region

Approximately 84% of the region is in Queensland with the remainder in New South Wales. The area covers 13% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Condamine–Balonne catchment in this region.

Goulburn–Broken region

Located in northern Victoria, this region covers 2.4 million hectares representing around 2% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Goulburn–Broken catchment in this region.

Gwydir region

The region covers 5,360 km2 – around 2% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Gwydir catchment in this region.

Lachlan region

The region is located in New South Wales, and covers 84,700 km2 which is around 8% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Lachlan catchment in this region.

Loddon–Avoca region

The region is home to about 7% of the Basin’s population. The headwaters of the Loddon and Avoca Rivers rise in the Great Dividing Range in south‑central Victoria and contribute 1.7% of the Basin’s water.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Loddon–Avoca catchment in this region.

Lower Darling region

The Lower Darling section of the Darling River (Baaka in the Indigenous Barkandji language) flows from Menindee Lakes to its junction with the River Murray at Wentworth.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Lower Darling catchment in this region.

Lower Murray region

The Lower Murray region of South Australia covers around 142,500 hectares, about 9% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Lower Murray catchment in this region.

Macquarie–Castlereagh region

The region is around 7.3 million hectares, about 7% of the Murray–Darling Basin. The Macquarie River is 960 km long, the Castlereagh 549 km and the Bogan 590 km.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Macquarie–Castlereagh catchment in this region.

Mid–Murray region

The region includes Yarrawonga to Wakool Junction, the Edward, Wakool and Niemur Rivers and the major NSW population centres are Deniliquin and Moama.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Central Murray catchment in this region.

Murrumbidgee region

The region is home to about 550,000 people and covers 84,000 km2 or 8% of the Murray–Darling Basin.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Murrumbidgee catchment in this region.

Namoi region

The Namoi River is 700 km long and the Namoi region covers 4% of the Murray–Darling Basin, contributing 3.2% to the flow of the Murray–Darling system.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Namoi catchment in this region.

The Riverland region

The region includes about 3 million hectares, around 3% of the Murray–Darling Basin. The Riverland Ramsar wetlands run from the South Australian border to Renmark, include the Chowilla, Pike and Katarapko floodplains and are home to a wide range of waterbirds, plants and aquatic species.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Lower Murray catchment in this region.

Sunraysia region

This region includes Mildura, Merbein, Red Cliffs and Robinvale. The region contains many significant wetlands including the Hattah–Kulkyne Lakes and Neds Corner.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Lower Murray catchment and the Lower Darling catchment in this region.

Upper Murray region

The region includes areas of New South Wales and Victoria, covering about 4% of the Basin and providing up to 38% of the Basin’s water.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Upper Murray catchment in this region.

Warrego–Paroo region

This region is in the north-west of the Basin. The Warrego and Paroo Rivers begin in the Carnarvon Range, with floodplains stretching across Queensland into New South Wales.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Warrego catchment and the Paroo catchment in this region.

Wimmera region

The Wimmera region in Victoria covers around 3% of the Murray–Darling Basin and contributes 1.7% of water inflows.

Download the regional fact sheet, or read more about the Wimmera catchment in this region.