The Russell River is a short river that passes east of the town of Babinda in Far North Queensland, Australia. The river rises near the highest mountain in Queensland, Mount Bartle Frere, part of the Frances Range in the Wooroonooran National Park. Part of the lower stretches are protected within the Russell River National Park. It flows north eastwards to the Coral Sea, after being joined by the Mulgrave River in an estuary. Water from the river is used to grow sugar cane on the coastal plains surrounding the Russell River's lower reaches.