Kangaroo River (Shoalhaven)

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Kangaroo River
Budderoo Creek[1]
Hampden Bridge Kangaroo Valley.jpg
EtymologyNamed because of abundance of kangaroos[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Southern Highlands, Illawarra
Local government areaShoalhaven
Physical characteristics
SourceBells Hills, Illawarra escarpment
 • locationsoutheast of Robertson
 • elevation290 m (950 ft)
MouthShoalhaven River
 • location
near Barron Flat
 • elevation
56 m (184 ft)
Length47 km (29 mi)
Basin features
River systemShoalhaven River
 • leftBrogers Creek
 • rightYarrunga Creek, Bundanoon Creek
National parksBudderoo, Morton

The Kangaroo River is a perennial river of the Shoalhaven catchment located in the Southern Highlands and Illawarra regions of New South Wales, Australia.[1]

The Kangaroo River, in Kangaroo Valley, is one of the few rivers that flows west before joining the Shoalhaven river to flow out to the sea.

Location and features[edit]

The river rises within the Budderoo National Park about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-west of Illawarra lookout. It initially flows in a north-westerly direction to Carrington Falls, where the river crosses the western escarpment of the Budderoo Plateau. The river then turns to the south-west and flows through the communities of Upper Kangaroo Valley and Kangaroo Valley, and into the Morton National Park. The river ends its course by flowing into Lake Yarrunga, a reservoir formed by the Tallowa Dam and situated just downstream of the confluence of the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo rivers. The river descends 234 metres (768 ft) over its 47 kilometres (29 mi) course.[2]

The river is crossed by the historic Hampden Bridge in the town of Kangaroo Valley.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Kangaroo River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 December 2008. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Map of Kangaroo River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  3. ^ "Hampden Bridge". Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association Inc. 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.

Coordinates: 34°46′S 150°18′E / 34.767°S 150.300°E / -34.767; 150.300