river travels from
the ranges west of Ingham through Dalrymple
Burdekin Shire where it mouths into the ocean east of the town
Its main tributaries are
Bowen River, Belyando River, Star
River and Suttor River.
The river often seem very low during the Dry Season, particularly when
looking from the Burdekin Bridge. Burdekin
Falls Dam holds a lot of its water in Lake
Dalrymple, lessening the severity and frequency of floods
during the Wet Season, when the
river waters can be high up.
Longer than Sydney
Harbour Bridge and Brisbane's
Bridge, the Burdekin
is a famous landmark. It is 1103 metres long, 13 metres high, contains
7000 tonnes of steel, 32,000 cubic metres of concrete, and is the only
bridge in Australia that was built without a firm foothold. It has
never been flooded.
The mighty Burdekin Bridge. by robstephaustralia via
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