Water Monitoring Stations

This section includes a series of maps that show water monitoring stations (gauging stations) across New South Wales. This map series, formerly known as the Pinneena maps, was created as part of a major project in 2011.

Each map includes stations which fall in the following categories:

Current with significant data: Gauging stations that were active and have significant data or had been established as of March 2011.
Current without significant data: Gauging stations that were active but didn't have significant data as of March 2011.
Discontinued or moved: Gauging station that had been closed or moved to another organisation to maintain as of March 2011.

What is a water monitoring station?

Figure 1: Schematic drawing of a gauging station (water monitoring station)A water monitoring station (gauging station) is a location on a stream, canal, lake or reservoir from which an observer or tool takes systematic readings of the gauge height or discharge. Hydrologists use these continuous records to make predictions and decisions concerning water level, flood activity and control, navigation, and the like.2

Links to water monitoring station maps

You can view and download the water monitoring station maps through the links below. The maps are best displayed at A3 paper size.

NSW drainage divisions

Drainage basin overview

Gauging station index

Map legend

Coastal basins (drainage division 2)

Drainage division 2 overview

Murray Darling basins (drainage division 4)

Drainage division 4 overview

Bulloo Bancannia basin (drainage division 11)

Drainage division 11 overview

Data disclaimer

These water monitoring station maps were created as part of a project completed in March 2011, and have not been updated to include more recent data or information. The information contained in these maps should be used as a reference only, as the actual location or category of some gauging stations may have changed.


1 USGS website, ‘USGS Streamgage Diagram’ https://www.usgs.gov/media/images/usgs-streamgage-diagram last viewed 8th November, 2019

2 Britannica, "Gauging Station definition”, http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/227029/gauging-station, last viewed 8th November, 2019

The maps use the following datasets (all licensed under ‘Creative Commons Attribution’) supplied by other agencies:

Spatial Services (New South Wales Department of Customer Service)
Hydro Line (Rivers/Creeks) spatial data is a dataset of mapped watercourses and waterbodies in NSW. They can be referenced as ‘ NSW Foundation Spatial Data Framework – Water – NSW Hydro Line’. © Spatial Services [2011]

Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology
Australia’s River Basins (Catchment boundaries) spatial data uses the Australia’s River Basin 1997 dataset.
Citation: 1997. Australia's River Basins 1997. Geoscience Australia, Canberra. http://pid.geoscience.gov.au/dataset/ga/42343
For more information http://www.bom.gov.au/water/about/riverBasinAuxNav.shtml

Real time data of monitoring stations can be accessed through WaterNSW Real-time data website: https://www.waternsw.com.au/waterinsights/real-time-data
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