About The Severn River

The headwaters of the Severn River flow lazily past the bottom of our Severn River Cottages property, the beginning of a long journey through our vast and wild continent to South Australia. It eventually emptys into the ocean via the Murray River just to the south-east of Adelaide.  

The Severn River is a perennial river that forms part of the Border Rivers group and is part of the Macintyre catchment of the Murray-Darling basin, located in the Darling Downs region of Queensland, Australia. The major river systems of the Border Rivers in New South Wales are the Dumaresq, Severn, Macintyre and Mole rivers.

The Queensland branch of the Severn River (that’s us) rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range south of Stanthorpe. The river flows generally south by west, through the Sundown National Park, and forms its confluence with the Dumaresq River near Tenterfield Creek and Glenlyon Dam Road, east of the settlement of Riverside. From the point where the rivers form their confluence marks part of the border between Queensland and New South Wales. The Dumaresq flows into the Macintyre River which feeds into the Barwon-Darling, an unregulated river system which flows for 2,750 kilometres from its upper catchment in the Great Dividing Range to its junction with the Murray River in south-western NSW.

The major towns in the Barwon-Darling catchment are Broken Hill, Mungindi, Brewarrina, Walgett, Bourke, Wilcannia, and Menindee.


Fun fact about the Severn River

The Queensland branch of the Severn River is often noted as the ultimate source of the Darling River. The Severn River descends 409 metres (1,342 ft) over its 90-kilometre (56 mi) course. River Red Gums, she-oaks, melaleucas and bottlebrushes can all be found along the river.