Nive River (Queensland)

The Nive River is a river that is part of the Darling catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the south west region of Queensland, Australia.

The Nive River near Augathella
Location of Nive River mouth in Queensland
EtymologyRiver Nive[1]
RegionSouth West Queensland
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Playfair
  locationeast of Tambo
  coordinates24°56′18″S 146°51′07″E
  elevation563 m (1,847 ft)
Mouthconfluence with Warrego River
southwest of Augathella
26°01′08″S 146°25′09″E
336 m (1,102 ft)
Length263 km (163 mi)
Basin features
River systemDarling River catchment
Murray–Darling basin
  rightNivelle River

Course and features

The Nive River rises on the western slopes of Mount Playfair south of the Salvador Rosa section of Carnarvon National Park and flows westwards through Long Waterhole to approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) east of Tambo. There the Nive flows to the south, its course followed by the Landsborough Highway, before crossing it near Nive Downs. The river flows to the west of Augathella and has its confluence with the Warrego River south of Augathella. From source to mouth, the Nive is joined by twelve minor tributaries and descends 226 metres (741 ft) over its 263-kilometre (163 mi) course.[2]

The towns of Charleville, Wyandra and Cunnamulla are located on the banks of the Warrego River. Cunnamulla is the only town with a levee bank to protect it against flooding.[3] The Warrego River reaches the Darling River about 34 kilometres (21 mi) east of Louth.[4]


In 1845 Major Sir Thomas Mitchell was the first European to explore the Warrego River and he named its tributary, the Nive River, after the Nive, a river in south western France.[1][5] When the Mitchell district was opened for settlement, the Bell and Dutton families were among the first applicants for land on the Nive River and their leases included the site of Tambo.[6]

See also


  1. "Nive River (entry 24379)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  2. "Map of Nive River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 January 2016.
  3. "Flood Warning System for the Warrego River". Bureau of Meteorology. Retrieved 10 July 2009.
  4. Chisholm, Alec H., ed. (1963). The Australian Encyclopaedia. Vol. 9. Sydney: The Grolier Society of Australia. p. 165.
  5. Freemantle, Hayley. "27°S 146°E Yanna – Queensland by Degrees". Royal Geographical Society of Queensland. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
  6. Kingston, Beverley. "Dutton, Charles Boydell (1834–1904)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. National Centre of Biography, Australian National University. Retrieved 5 July 2011.
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