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Catchment snapshots


The Benanee catchment borders the Murray and Murrumbidgee river basins.

Lake Benanee with tree skeletons on the lake edge, NSW.

About the Benanee catchment

The Benanee catchment is located in south-west NSW, and borders the Murray and Murrumbidgee river basins. It has a catchment area of 21,390 square kilometres

Rivers and tributaries

The Benanee River basin contains several creeks, streams and ephemeral lakes with poorly defined boundaries or banks. They contribute small amounts of water to the Murray River, which flows across the basin's south.

Water storages

The largest water storages in the Benanee catchment are the Euston and Mildura weirs.


The largest population centres in the Benanee are Euston, Buronga, Gol Gol and Dareton.

Water users

Major water uses include irrigation, local council utilities, stock watering, and some forestry.

Environmental values

There are several sites in the Benanee which are include in the Living Murray project.

Key water management issues

Access to water is a key issue due to the unregulated nature of the creeks and streams, and the highly variable flows and unreliable rainfall patterns in the catchment.

State-owned weirs in the Benanee are crucial to the overall water management strategy of the Murray-Darling Basin Authority.