Journals Of Two Expeditions Into The Interior Of New South Wales, 1817-18 - By John Oxley

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The Provisions And Heavy Baggage Were Carried By The People To A Firmer Spot Of Ground, At Which Place The Horses Being Lightly Laden, We Got Every Thing Transported To The River By One O'clock.

Castlereagh River is certainly a stream of great magnitude; its channel is divided by numerous islands covered with trees:

It measured in its narrowest part one hundred and eighty yards, and the flood that had now risen in it was such as to preclude any attempt to cross it. The outer banks were good firm land, apparently free from floods, and extending not more on this side than a quarter of a mile, when it became wet and marshy: the banks were from twelve to seventeen feet high, and gradually sloped to the water. The trees on this firm margin of land were a species of eucalyptus, cypresses, and the sterculia heterophylla, with a few casuarinae. This river doubtless discharges itself into that interior gulf, in which the waters of the Macquarie are merged: to that river it is in no respect inferior, and when the banks are full, the body of water in it must be even still more considerable. Towards evening I thought the waters were falling, which was an event we anxiously looked for, to enable us to proceed to Arbuthnot's Range, from the heights of which we hoped for an interesting view. Natives appear to be numerous; their guniahs (or bark-huts) are in every direction, and by their fire-places several muscle-shells of the same kind as those found on the Lachlan and Macquarie Rivers were seen.

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