Bermagui River

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Bermagui River (Permageua[1][2])
An open and trained semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary;[3] or Perennial river[4]
An aerial view of the mouth of the Bermagui River, pictured bottom left, 2011.
Name origin: Aboriginal Dyirringanj: canoe with paddles[1][4]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government area Bega Valley
Town Bermagui
Source confluence Coolagolite Creek and Nutleys Creek
 - location Bermagui South
 - elevation 26 m (85 ft)
Mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
 - location near Bermagui
Length 7 km (4 mi)
Depth 2.2 m (7 ft)
Basin 296 km2 (114 sq mi)
Area 4.7 km2 (2 sq mi)
Nature reserve Bermagui Nature Reserve
Website: NSW Environment & Heritage webpage

Bermagui River is an open and trained semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary[3] or perennial river located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Coolagolite Creek and Nutleys Creek, near Bermagui South, the Bermagui River flows generally east, before reaching its mouth into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean near Bermagui. The river descends 26 metres (85 ft) over its 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) course.[5]

The catchment area of the river is 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi) with a volume of 2,160 megalitres (76×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 2.2 square kilometres (0.85 sq mi), at an average depth of 1.1 metres (3 ft 7 in).[6]

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal Dyirringanj word, spelled variously as permageua[2] and bermaguee, meaning a canoe with paddles.[1][4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (paperback ed.). Sydney: Reed. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8. 
  2. ^ a b "Bermagui". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  3. ^ a b Roy, P. S; Williams, R. J; Jones, A. R; Yassini, I; et al. (2001). "Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 53: 351–384. doi:10.1006/ecss.2001.0796. 
  4. ^ a b c d "Bermagui River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Map of Bermagui River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 
  6. ^ "Bermagui River". Coastal and floodplain management: Coastal zone management: Estuaries of NSW. NSW Environment and Heritage. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013. 

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Coordinates: 36°25′S 150°02′E / 36.417°S 150.033°E / -36.417; 150.033