Bombala River

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Bombala River
Perennial river[1]
Name origin: Aboriginal: "meeting of the water"[2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro
Local government areas Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Part of Snowy River catchment
 - left Big Bog Creek, Back Creek (Cooma-Monaro, New South Wales), Coolumbooka River, Saucy Creek, Ashton Creek
 - right Undowah River, Bukalong Creek, Cambalong Creek
Source Kybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range
 - location below Brown Mountain
 - elevation 1,170 m (3,839 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Delegate River
 - location west of Bombala
 - elevation 635 m (2,083 ft)
Length 87 km (54 mi)

The Bombala River, a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, is located in the Monaro region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Bombala River rises within the Kybeyan Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, on the southwestern slopes of Brown Mountain. The river flows generally southwest, joined by eight tributaries including the Undowah River and the Coolumbooka River, before reaching its confluence with the Delegate River approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of Bombala. The river descends 535 metres (1,755 ft) over its 87 kilometres (54 mi) course.[3]

In its upper reaches, the Bombala River is crossed by the Snowy Mountains Highway near Brown Mountain; while the Monaro Highway crosses the meandering river at several locations north of Bombala.[3]

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the water",[2] presumably referring to the confluence of the Bombala River with the Coolumbooka River, at Bombala; and the confluence with the Undowah River, a few kilometers upstream.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bombala River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (paperback ed.). Sydney: Reed. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8. 
  3. ^ a b c d "Map of Bombala River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2013. 

Coordinates: 36°50′S 148°58′E / 36.833°S 148.967°E / -36.833; 148.967