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What are the five major rivers of Australia?

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Five major rivers in Australia are River Murray, the Murrumbidgee River, the Darling River, the Lachlan River and Cooper Creek. They are the five longest rivers on the continent.

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The River Murray is the longest river in Australia with a flow of 1,476 miles. It is located in New South Wales and South Australia, and it forms part of the border that separates New South Wales and Victoria. The Darling River, which is the third-longest river in Australia at 915 miles, is a tributary to the River Murray. Together, they make up the Murray-Darling River Basin.

The Murrumbidgee River has a length of 923 miles as it flows through New South Wales and Australian Capital Territory. It is also a tributary to the River Murray. The source of the river is at an elevation of 5,118 feet in the Snowy Mountains of New South Wales.

The Lachlan River also flows through New South Wales at a length of 900 miles. It begins in the Great Dividing Range, and its mouth is in the Great Cumbung swamp near Oxley in New South Wales.

The fifth-longest river in Australia is Cooper Creek, which runs 808 miles through Queensland and South Australia. Its mouth is located at Lake Eyre in South Australia.

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