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Map of the Murray–Darling Basin region within Australia. It shows the catchments that we provide data for, within the Basin area.

Each catchment on the map can be selected to display related information. This information can also be accessed using the Select a Basin area or catchment control above the map.

The map also displays markers for storages and river gauges across the Basin, and data for each. This data includes storage volume as a percentage of capacity (current and same time last year) and a current megalitre amount, and river gauge flows and heights. This information can also be found in the Storages and River gauges tabs within the catchment-specific information, when a catchment is selected.

The map also displays weather data – rainfall and soil moisture – as coloured overlays. This weather data cannot be accessed in any other way.

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Murray–Darling Basin

About the Basin

The Murray–Darling Basin is a large area of south-eastern Australia where water flows through a system of interconnected rivers and lakes. The two main rivers are the River Murray and the Darling River.

The Basin is divided into two parts. Water in the runs into the Darling River and water in the runs into the River Murray.

More than 2.2 million people live in the Basin, including people from 40 different First Nations. It’s home to 16 internationally significant wetlands, 35 endangered species and 98 different species of waterbirds.

Around 40% of Australia's agricultural produce comes from the Murray–Darling Basin.

1,061,469 km2 total area.

11,000 km2 irrigated area (2019–20) - 1% of total area.

Related links

A plan for the Murray–Darling Basin
Developed to manage the Basin as a whole connected system, the plan is available from the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA)
Why the Murray–Darling Basin matters
A guide produced by the MDBA that explains why improving the health of the rivers in the Basin is important and what will happen if their health declines
Basin in brief
A monthly summary from the MDBA on climate, rainfall, inflows and water quality information.
Basin water resources reports
Reviews and reports published by the Inspector-General of Water Compliance.
Independent assessment of the social and economic conditions in the Basin
An independent panel assessed the social and economic conditions in regional communities across the Murray–Darling Basin released in 2020
Murray–Darling Basin water markets inquiry
The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) conducted an inquiry into markets for tradable water rights in the Murray–Darling Basin. The final report was released in 2021
Productivity Commission National Water Reform report
Assesses the progress of the Australian, state and territory governments since 2017 on the objectives and outcomes of the National Water Initiative
Strengthening compliance and protecting environmental flows
Outlines compliance activities that support Murray–Darling Basin Plan, on the Australian Government Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water website
Commonwealth Environmental Water Office (CEWO)
Manages water for the environment on behalf of the Australian Government
Why the environment needs water
An overview by the Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) on the benefits of a healthy Basin environment
Progress and outcomes
An overview by the MDBA on progress and outcomes of releasing water to benefit the environment
Monitoring and Evaluation of the Basin
MDBA overview on assessing the effectiveness of water management initiatives in the Murray–Darling Basin
Water and Environment Research Program
Australian Government initiative to strengthen scientific knowledge of the Murray–Darling Basin
Murray–Darling Basin Authority river operations
Explains who manages rivers in the Basin and conditions that affect management
River Murray Data
Murray–Darling Basin Authority (MDBA) data on the River Murray system
Murray–Darling Basin Authority
Learn about the roles and responsibilities of this statutory agency responsible for planning the Basin's water resources
A guide to water management in the Murray–Darling Basin
MDBA guide on challenges, responsibilities and activities related to water management in the Murray–Darling Basin
Governance of water management in the Murray–Darling Basin
MDBA overview of water management governance arrangements in the Basin
A guide to how allocations work in the Murray–Darling Basin
MDBA overview of the allocation process across Basin states
Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water
Learn about the roles and responsibilities of this Australian Government department
Inspector–General of Water Compliance
Learn about the roles and responsibilities of this Australian Government regulatory role
Environment, Planning and Sustainable Development Directorate
Australian Capital Territory
Department of Planning Industry and Environment
New South Wales
New South Wales
Department of Regional Development, Manufacturing and Water
Department for Environment and Water
South Australia
Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning

The Bureau of Meteorology acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands on which we work. We pay respect to Elders past, present and future.

This is version 2 of the Murray–Darling Basin Water information portal. This page will be updated with more features and Basin data. Check regularly for updates.

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The Bureau of Meteorology gratefully acknowledges the financial contribution of the Murray–Darling Basin Authority and the Department of Climate Change, Energy, the Environment and Water to this project.

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