The Nicholson River is relatively short (72.5 km) so the potential to improve the link between the forested areas in the upper catchment with the Gippsland Lakes is greater than for other rivers.
The river is prone to flooding following heavy rainfall. Flood waters can move quickly down the river. In recent years, substantial flooding has occurred in 1978, 1998 and 2007.
The floodplain reach between the Princes Highway (Bairnsdale to Lakes Entrance Road) and the Great Alpine (Bairnsdale to Bruthen) Road is used extensively for agriculture, mainly dairying and beef production.
Nicholson River and Backwater