REGIONS, TOWNS AND CROSSINGS OF THE MURRAY RIVER

Murray Plains, Lakes and Mouth - Murray mouth to Mannum
The terminal lakes, Lakes Alexandrina and Albert, together with the Coorong once formed a huge estuarine system. Barrages now separate the lakes from the Coorong and retain fresh water in the lakes.
The distance from the Murray Mouth to Mannum is around 150 kilometres.

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Golden Limestone Cliffs - The Mallee Gorge: - Mannum to Renmark
The river channel has cut down through hard limestone rock through this region and the river is wide and slow moving with long straight sections. The river bed intersects the regional watertable, and salty groundwater enters the river through aquifers exposed in the cliff face. The desolate landscape beyond the river is generally hidden by the imposing limestone cliffs towering high above the water.
The distance from Mannum to Renmark is about 415 kilometres.

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The Mallee and Outback - The Mallee Trench: - Renmark to Swan Hill
The Mallee Trench extends through a wide plain of marine origin for about 850 kilometres where the Murray River is a single, well-defined channel which cuts deeper into the surrounding plain, on its way downstream. Through this region the river meanders back and forth across its own expansive floodplain which varies in width between 5 kilometres and 30 kilometres. The surrounding countryside consists of sprawling mallee areas extending to outback Australia.
The distance from Renmark to Swan Hill is about 845 kilometres.

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Steep banks and river gums - The Riverine Plains: - Swan Hill to Albury
This section is a vast, flat tract of river and lakes where the river flows in many shallow, and sometimes narrow branching channels from the Hume Dam, about 800 river kilometres downstream, to Swan Hill.
The distance from Swan Hill to the Hume Dam is about 815 kilometres.

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To the mountains - The Headwaters:- - Hume Dam to Khancoban
The headwaters of the Murray River and its tributaries above the Hume Dam comprise less than 2% of the Murray-Darling Basin, but contribute around 40% of the inflow to the river. Once above the influence of the Hume Dam the river becomes narrow and winding as it snakes through the hills leading up to the Great Divide, and in many places it is shallow and fast flowing as rapids separate different levels of river with the the increasing elevation upstream.
The distance from the Hume Dam to Khancoban is about 210 kilometres.

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