Hastings River

Physical characteristics

Latitude (ºS)-31.43
Longitude (ºE)152.92
Catchment area (km2)13658.6
Estuary area (km2)1,230.0
Estuary volume (ML)352685.9
Average depth (m)41.9
Roy et al. (2001) classification5III/5/D
Entrance condition6O/T
  1. Derived from DECCW (2010) NSW estuaries and coastal catchments spatial database.
  2. Includes area mapped as open water (see note 1), mangrove and saltmarsh areas (Creese R. G., Glasby T. M., West G. and Gallen C. (2009) Mapping the habitats of NSW estuaries. Industry & Investment NSW Fisheries Final Report Series 113. Port Stephens, NSW, Australia.
  3. Based on areas at 0.6 m AHD (Roper T., Creese B., Scanes P., Stephens K., Williams R., Dela-Cruz J., Coade G. and Coates B. (2011) Assessing the condition of estuaries and coastal lake ecosystems in NSW. Office of Environment and Heritage, Sydney).
  4. Estimated by dividing the total volume at 0.6 m AHD by the total surface area of the estuary including mangrove areas but excluding saltmarsh (Roper et al., 2011)
  5. Estuary group: I = oceanic embayment, II = tide dominated estuary, III = wave dominated estuary, IV = intermittently closed estuary V = freshwater bodies
    Estuary type: 1 = ocean embayments, 3 = drowned valley estuary, 5 = barrier estuary, 6 = barrier lagoon, 7 = interbarrier estuary, 8 = saline coastal lagoon, 9 = small coastal creeks, 11 = brackish barrier lake. Evolution stage: A=youthful, B=intermediate, C=semi-mature, D=mature.
    (P. S. Roy, R. J. Williams, A. R. Jones, I. Yassini, P. J. Gibbs, B. Coates, R. J. West, P. R. Scanes, J. P. Hudson and S. Nichol (2001) Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries. Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science 53, 351-384)
  6. Entrance conditions: O = open, T = trained, I = intermittent.

Tidal prism

The volume of water moving past a fixed cross section during each flood tide or ebb tide (i.e. slack water to slack water), is referred to as the tidal prism of an estuary.

The following table shows the measured tidal prism at the location specified, along with the tidal range for near the measurement site and at Sydney Harbour.

Location:     550m from the ocean on 24/10/99

Tide stateFlow
(106 m3
tidal range (m)
Sydney Harbour
tidal range (m)
Ebb flow21.311.221.16
Flood flow 19.471.281.13

Tidal survey

Tidal surveys measure the hydrodynamic behaviour of an estuary during a full tidal cycle. The parameters measured include velocity, water levels, salinity, temperature and pH.

The following tidal surveys have been undertaken on this estuary. A map shows the location and plots of the flows and water levels for the most comprehensive survey.

Copies of tidal survey reports are available from the Estuary Management Program

DateData collectedFigureReport
Dec 1982Current metering on four lines, velocities, water levels at 7 tideboards, temp/salinity, suspended sediment, anemometer and barograph.-MHL363
Feb 1989Port Shores Canal - four metering lines, temperature/salinity, suspended sediments, SDL, anemometer and barograph.-MHL579
Jan 1991Current metering at one line near Wauchope, water levels at four locations, temperature/salinity profiles.-MHL592
Aug 1994Maria River/Connection Creek - current metering at four lines, water levels at ten locations, water quality at five locations plus profile runs.-MHL702
Oct 1999Extensive data collection: water levels at eighteen sites, velocities at twenty sites, in situ water quality at four sites and water quality profiles at thirty-five sites.1988-20a.pdf 1988-20b.pdf 1988-20c.pdfMHL1030

Hydrographic survey

The hydrographic survey provides the depth and physical characteristics of the estuary.

The metadata associated with the survey can be found on the map sheets provided.

Map sheet number DescriptionScale    Size
54218s1.pdfIndex plan1:50000353.6kb
54218s2.pdfIndex plan (1:1000 series)1:10000186.7kb
54218s3.pdfTidal planes1:5000394.8kb
54218s4.pdfLegends, notes & datum diagramN/A516.1kb
54218s5.pdfHastings River offshore1:1000320.1kb
54218s6.pdfHastings River entrance1:10001712.7kb
54218s7.pdfHastings River & Back Channel1:1000454.7kb
54218s8.pdfBack Channel1:1000151.3kb
54218s9.pdfHastings River lower estuary1:1000342.7kb
54218s10.pdfHastings River (Pelican Island)1:1000352.0kb
54218s11.pdfHastings River (Settlement Point)1:1000491.4kb
54218s12.pdfHastings River & Limeburners Creek1:1000272.5kb
54218s13.pdfHastings River & Big Bay1:1000344.8kb
54218s14.pdfHastings River & The Governors Way1:1000403.0kb
54218s15.pdfHastings River & The Governors Way1:1000260.8kb
54218s16.pdfThe Governors Way1:1000167.7kb
54218s17.pdfBig Bay1:1000101.7kb
54218s18.pdfHastings River (Hibbard)1:1000425.9kb
54218s19.pdfHastings River & Hibbard Creek1:1000393.6kb
54218s20.pdfHastings River mid estuary1:1000374.7kb
54218s21.pdfHastings River & Maria River junction1:1000477.3kb
54218s22.pdfMaria River1:1000337.3kb
54218s23.pdfHastings River upper estuary1:1000377.2kb
54218s24.pdfHastings River upper estuary1:1000397.7kb
54218s25.pdfHastings River upper estuary1:1000350.8kb
54218s26.pdfMaria River1:1000260.6kb
54218s27.pdfLimeburners Creek1:2000125.0kb
54218s28.pdfLimeburners Creek1:2000154.8kb
54218s29.pdfLimeburners Creek & Hastings River1:2000436.4kb
54218s30.pdfKooloonbung Creek1:2000135.1kb
54218s31.pdfSaltwater Lake (off Limeburners Creek)1:2500146.1kb
54218s32.pdfCross section locations - Maria River & Pipers Creek1:10000168.5kb
54218s33.pdfCross section locations - Wilson River1:10000158.9kb
54218s34.pdfCross section locations - Maria River & Wilson River1:10000165.9kb
54218s35.pdfCross section locations - Munns Channel, Stony Creek & Rawdon Creek1:10000152.5kb
54218s36.pdfCross section locations - Maria River (The Hatch)1:10000227.4kb
54218s37.pdfCross section locations - Hastings River, Munns Channel & Caswell Channel1:10000213.7kb
54218s38.pdfCross sections - Hastings River1:1000 H 1:200 V177.4kb
54218s39.pdfCross sections - Hastings River1:1000 H 1:200 V183.4kb
54218s40.pdfCross sections - Hastings River1:1000 H 1:200 V185.2kb
54218s41.pdfCross sections - Limeburners Creek & Maria River1:1000 H 1:200 V189.2kb
54218s42.pdfCross sections - Maria River1:1000 H 1:200 V179.2kb
54218s43.pdfCross sections - Maria River1:1000 H 1:200 V169.2kb
54218s44.pdfCross sections - Maria River1:1000 H 1:200 V225.0kb
54218s45.pdfCross sections - Wilson River1:1000 H 1:200 V177.7kb
54218S46.pdfCross sections - Wilson River, Pipers Creek, Smiths Creek & Connection Creek1:1000 H 1:200 V198.4kb
54218s47.pdfCross sections - Munns Channel & Rawdon Creek1:1000 H 1:200 V165.9kb
54218s48.pdfCross sections - Balyngara Creek, Rawdon Channel & Caswell Channel1:1000 H 1:200 V187.4kb
54218s49.pdfCross sections - Caswell Channel & Kings Creek1:1000 H 1:200 V181.0kb
54218.txtHastings River xyz dataN/A1905.7kb
Page last updated: 26 April 2012