Murray–Darling basin

largest drainage basin of Australia
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The Murray-Darling Basin is an area in Australia around the Murray and Darling Rivers. Three million Australians inside and outside the basin are directly dependent on its water.

Map of the Murray–Darling Basin

About 6 per cent of Australia's total rainwater falls into the Murray-Darling Basin.[1] About 85 per cent of all irrigation in Australia takes place in the basin, which supports an agricultural industry worth more than $9 billion per annum.

The Murray-Darling Basin covers 1,061,469 square kilometres (409,835 sq mi) or approximately one-seventh (14%) of the total area of Australia.

Over two million people live in the Basin.


  1. Prideaux, Bruce (2009). "River Heritage: the Murray–Darling River". In Prideaux, Bruce; Cooper, Malcolm (eds.). River Tourism. Wallingford, United Kingdom: CAB International. p. 167. ISBN 978-1-84593-468-2.