Darling and Murray River Junction - PHOTOGRAPHER COMMENT
Two River Junction where Australia's largest rivers Darling and Murray meet
Darling and Murray River Junction - FURTHER INFORMATION
Darling and Murray River Junction - Wentworth visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Darling and Murray River Junction' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from New South Wales.
The Darling River and Murray River are two of the most important rivers in Australia. They meet in Wentworth on the border between New South Wales and Victoria. In the late 1800's Wentworth was the largest river port in Australia.
Murray RiverThe Murray River is the longest river in Australia, starting on the western side of the highest mountains in the Australian Alps flowing some 2,375km through plains and bush to Lake Alexandrina on the north edge of north of Encounter Bay. From there the waters drain into the Murray Mouth and the Pacific Ocean.
On the way, the Murray River passes through the major settlements of Albury/Wodonga, Echuca , Swan Hill, Mildura, Renmark and Murray Bridge. The river supports many varieties of native fish, including Murray cod, trout cod, golden perch, Macquarie perch, silver perch, eel-tailed catfish, Australian smelt and western carp gudgeon. The river became a major transport route prior to the railways and has been heavily used for irrigation.
Darling RiverThe Darling River is the 4th longest river in Australia. Starting in the Queensland ranges in the Darling Downs near Brewarrina, the river flows 1,472 kilometres until it joins the Murray River at Wentworth. Water flow in the Darling is very erratic, and at times the river has dried out completely. However, it was still used by shallow-hulled paddle steamers to transport wool and other products from Bourke and Wilcannia to the South Australian railheads at Morgan and Murray Bridge.
The Darling River ecosystem is under pressure from overuse of the water for irrigation, pollution from pesticides and contaminated run-off and severe draught. The river has a high salinity and in some years barely runs at all.