Jerrabomberra Creek

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For the suburb, see Jerrabomberra, New South Wales.
Jerrabomberra Creek
Partly perennial stream[1]
Name origin: Aboriginal: "afraid of lightning"[2]
Country Australia
States New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory
IBRA South Eastern Highlands
District Capital Country
Municipalities Palerang, Queanbeyan
Part of Murrumbidgee River, Murray–Darling basin
Source below Lobb Hill
 - location between Williamsdale and Royalla, NSW
 - elevation 1,010 m (3,314 ft)
Mouth confluence with Molonglo River
 - location Lake Burley Griffin, ACT
 - elevation 554 m (1,818 ft)
Length 35 km (22 mi)
Basin 128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Reservoir Lake Burley Griffin

Jerrabomberra Creek, a partly perennial stream of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Capital Country region spanning both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Jerrabomberra is derived from the Aboriginal word, meaning "afraid of lightning".[2] The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Jerrabomberra Creek are the Aboriginal people of the Ngunnawal tribe.[4]

Location and features[edit]

The creek rises in New South Wales (NSW), below Lobb Hill, between Williamsdale and Royalla, and flows generally north and north–west, before reaching its confluence with the Molonglo River into Lake Burley Griffin, to the north of Narrabundah, in South Canberra, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).[1] The creek descends 452 metres (1,483 ft) over its 35 kilometres (22 mi) course,[3] and has a catchment area of 128 square kilometres (49 sq mi).[5]

Jerrabomberra Wetlands[edit]

Prior to reaching Lake Burley Griffin, the creek flows through a series of significant artificially-formed wetlands, called the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with an estimated 170 bird species, including the migratory Latham’s snipe; and eleven fish species, as well as the eastern water rat, platypus and eastern snake-necked tortoise. The wetlands include a silt trap, a series of billabongs, and a swamp.[6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Jerrabomberra Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Jerrabomberra Creek". Place name search. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Jerrabomberra Creek". Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Molonglo Catchment Strategy: 2004-2024" (PDF). Molonglo Catchment Group Inc. May 2005. pp. 24–25. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  5. ^ "Jerrabomberra Creek Plan of Management (Draft)" (PDF). Queanbeyan City Council. September 2005. p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Jean, Peter (4 August 2012). "Grand plans for Jerrabomberra wetlands". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 15 February 2013. 
  7. ^ "Jerrabomberra Wetlands brochure" (PDF). Canberra’s Haven of Biodiversity. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 15 February 2013. [permanent dead link]

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Coordinates: 35°19′S 149°09′E / 35.317°S 149.150°E / -35.317; 149.150