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River Facts - The Kalang and Bellinger Rivers

Interesting Facts

The Kalang and Bellinger Rivers have a total catchment area of 1119 square km with a proportion of that area lying in the world heritage area of Dorrigo National Park. The Bellinger river rises in New England National Park at point Lookout, 5250ft above sea level.The river systems were first discovered by surveyor Hodgkinson in 1841. In the early days cedar was a major resource for the area with the rivers being used as the main transport system. The first load of cedar was sent down the Bellinger in 1847.The first Bellinger river pilot Thomas Stewart arrived in 1868 and operated a river pilot service till 1933.

Drogher on the Kalang 1925

Drogher on the Kalang 1925