After the floods: the Border Rivers

10 April, 2021 Water0

The Equinox flooding of the East Coast of Australia may not have broken the drought but it has filled the border rivers full to overflowing. Geoff Ebbs took a trip along the border of NSW and Queensland the week after Easter, when the rivers had settled down and most roads were passable.

The Bruxner is broken near Bonshaw
The Bruxner Highway is broken near Bonshaw

He picked up the border near Carney’s Creek on Falls Rd which follows the border Queen Mary’s Fall and then follwed it through the mountains to the Lindsay Highway where it heads around the South Eastern edge of Sundown National Park. That being rugged country, he followed the Severn River, through Stanthorpe and around the north westedn edge of Sundown National Park where it joins the Dumaresq (and the border). Both River and border flows north west to Texas and then west to Goondiwindi. That’s Texas Queensland, in case you haven’t been there.

Along the way he crossed the Condamine a couple of times. The Condamine does not flow along the border, though it rises only a couple of kilometres from it. It runs through Killarney and then north through Warwick before heading West. They both eventually flow into the Darling, but that’s a long way West and another story.

The border follows the ridge separating the Tweed River in NSW from Qld, then the Great Divide until it meets the Dumaresq at the junction of the Dumaresq and Severn River. The pictures above are: Falls Rd near Carney’s Creek x2. The view from Carrs Lookout at the head of the Condamine. Queen Mary’s Falls and Daggs Falls on Spring Creek, only metres from the border but the water flows into the Condamine at Killarney. Criss crossing the border through the hills South West of Killarney, then the Severn North West of Sundown National Park, The Severn at Broadwater in Sundown National Park, The Dumaresq where it meets the Severn and picks up the border, the Dumaresq Valley at Heynes Bridge, a tributary takes out the Bruxner Highway and the Dumaresq at Texas.

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