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About the Basin

The Murray-Darling Basin

Grant and Tracy McIlveen at Gulligal Lagoon with their water sample.
Grant and Tracy McIlveen

The Murray-Darling Basin covers approximately one-seventh or 14 per cent of the total area of Australia.

The Basin spans five states and territories and contains Australia's three largest rivers.

View a map of the Murray-Darling Basin on the Special Forever website

The Basin is also Australia's most important agricultural region. It contains almost half of all Australian farms, producing wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy, rice, oil-seed, wine, fruit and vegetables for domestic and overseas markets.

The Basin also produces one-third of Australia's food supply and supports over a third of Australia's total gross value of agricultural production.

While agriculture is vital to the Australian economy, the Murray-Darling Basin is much more than simply a 'food bowl'. It has an important place in the cultural heritage of Australia and includes many significant natural heritage features.

Find out more about the Murray-Darling Basin on the Murray-Darling Basin Authority website

Explore the Murray-Darling Basin on Wikipedia

Gulligal Lagoon
Gulligal Lagoon, [Gulligan], NSW.