Taken in November 2010 with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FH1 point and shoot from cabin of Boeing 737 at altitude of 11,000 metres.
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Aerial view of the Murray River below Wentworth (where the Darling River joins the Murray) on its way to “Ned’s Corner” and on into South Australia. The small tributary at top left is flowing in from the Menindee Lakes.
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The three longest rivers in Australia all run through the Murray-Darling Basin. These are:
the Darling River (2740km approx)
the River Murray (2530km long); and
the Murrumbidgee River (1575km long).
The Murray-Darling Basin covers 1,061,469 square kilometres or approximately one-seventh (14%) of the total area of Australia (7,692,024 square kilometres).
It contains over 40% of all Australian farms, which produce wool, cotton, wheat, sheep, cattle, dairy produce, rice, oil-seed, wine, fruit and vegetables for both domestic and overseas markets. As Australia’s most important agricultural region, the Basin produces one third of Australia’s food supply and supports over a third of Australia’s total gross value of agricultural production.
Three quarters of Australia’s irrigated crops and pastures are grown in the Basin. While agricultural production is vital to our economy, the Murray-Darling Basin is much more than simply a “food basket”. It has an important place in the cultural heritage of all Australians and includes many significant natural heritage features.