Bell River (New South Wales)

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Bell River
Physical characteristics
 - locationNear Orange, New South Wales, Australia
 - elevation726 metres (2,382 ft)
MouthMacquarie River, Wellington, New South Wales
 - elevation285 metres (935 ft)
Length149 kilometres (93 mi)

The Bell River is a river in the central west of New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Murray-Darling basin and flows into the Macquarie River.

Course[change | change source]

The Bell River begins in the hills to the north-west of Orange, New South Wales, it flows a generally northerly direction joining the Macquarie River at Wellington, New South Wales.[1] The river is 146 kilometres (91 mi) long and drops 441 metres (1,447 ft).[2]

Platypus have been seen in the lower river near Wellington.[3]

History[change | change source]

Aboriginal Australians of the Wiradjuri nation were the original inhabitants of the area around the river.[4]

The river was named in honour of Brevet Major Bell by European explorer John Oxley, later Surveyor General of New South Wales.[4]

Pieces of gold were found in and along the river in 1851. This started a minor a minor gold rush, mainly near where Nubrigan Creek joins the Bell River.[5]

The river occasionally floods generally near Wellington, however it has flooded further up river. Major floods occurred in 1920,[6] 1926,[7] and in 1990 at Newrea, where the river reached 6.77 metres (22.2 ft).[8]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Bell River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 14 October 1977. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  2. "Map of Bell River, NSW". Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  3. "Platypus spotting, Wellington". Macquarie River Trails. 2012. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 "Travel Factsheet: Wellington". The Sydney Morning Herald. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  5. Earp, G. Butler (1853). The Gold Colonies of Australia, Their History & Progress, With Ample Details of the Gold Mines, How To Get To Them, and Every Advice to Emigrants. London: Routledge & Co. pp. 138–145. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  6. "Western District: The Macquarie and Castlereagh". The Sydney Morning Herald. 5 July 1920. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  7. "The Macquarie: over the banks". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 March 1926. Retrieved 14 November 2013.
  8. "Macquarie Region: Record floods". Floodsafe. NSW State Emergency Service. Retrieved 14 November 2013.