Wingecarribee River

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Not to be confused with Wingecarribee Shire.
Wingecarribee River (Winge Karrabee[1])
Perennial river[1]
Wingecarribee Swamp FitzroyFalls.jpg
The brown on the left is Wingecarribee Swamp with Fitzroy Falls Reservoir on the right.
Name origin: Aboriginal (Dharawal): Winge Karrabee meaning "a flight of birds" and "waters to rest beside"[1]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions Sydney Basin (IBRA), Southern Highlands
Local government areas Wingecarribee, Wollondilly
Part of Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment
Tributaries
 - right Joadja Creek, Deep Creek (Wingecarribee)
Town Berrima
Source Wingecarribee Reservoir
 - location Glenquarry
 - elevation 674 m (2,211 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Wollondilly River
 - location Tugalong, northwest of Berrima
 - elevation 280 m (919 ft)
Length 73 km (45 mi)
National park Bangadilly National Park
Reservoir Wingecarribee Reservoir
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Wingecarribee River (Aboriginal Dharawal: Winge Karrabee[1]), a perennial river that is part of the Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment, is located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Wingecarribee River rises on the heights at Robertson below Wingecarribee Reservoir, near the village of Glenquarry, and flows generally northwest, joined by two minor tributaries and through the Belanglo State Forest and Bangadilly National Park, before reaching its confluence with the Wollondilly River north of the locality of Tugalong, northwest of Berrima. The river descends 393 metres (1,289 ft) over its 73 kilometres (45 mi) course.[2]

In its upper reaches, the Wingecarribee River forms the Wingecarribee Swamp, the only substantial peat bog in New South Wales. Most of the swamp has been drained and the remaining section of the swamp is the habitat of a number of endangered species.[citation needed] The river runs through a valley on the plateau that is home to a popular camp, Biloela.[citation needed]

The Old Hume Highway crosses the river at Bong Bong, between Mittagong and Moss Vale. West of Berrima, the river is crossed by the Hume Freeway.

The Shoalhaven Scheme pumps water from the Shoalhaven River into the Wingecarribee Reservoir and this water supply augments the water supply for greater metropolitan Sydney.[citation needed]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e "Wingecarribee River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Wingecarribee River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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Coordinates: 34°23′S 150°07′E / 34.383°S 150.117°E / -34.383; 150.117