Geography

Facts about Murray River

20 facts about Murray River

The third longest navigable river in the world

The longest river in Australia holds the most economic value to the country. The Murray—Darling basin is one of the greatest tourist attraction, earning approximately $11 billion a year.
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Murray River is the longest in Australia.
Measuring from the Upper Murray up to the Indian Ocean, it is 2,520 kilometers long.
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It spans three states.
From South Australia, through Victoria, to New South Wales.
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It is the third longest navigable river in the world.
It is surpassed by the Amazon River in South America and the Nile River in Africa.
4
Murray River's history dates back 130 million years.
It originates from the paleolake Bungunnia.
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It was discovered by European explorers Hamilton Hume and William Hovell in 1824.
Initially, it was called the Hume River.
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It is a part of the Murray-Darling basin.
It includes the seven longest rivers in Australia, the Murray River being the longest, and the Darling River being the third longest in the country.
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The Murray—Darling basin covers approximately 14% of Australia’s land area.
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The first bridge built to cross the Murray River was Edwards Crossing.
It was built in 1879.
9
There are several lakes in the Murray River, Lake Victoria being the most popular.
It holds a special place among all Australian lakes because of fostering a huge number of native wildlife.
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Murray River includes several species of native fish.
Murray cod, trout cod, golden perch, silver perch, Macquarie perch, freshwater catfish, bony beam, western carp gudgeon, flathead gudgeon, river blackfish, two-spine blackfish, barred galaxias, flathead galaxias, and other fish can be found in the Murray River.