Kangaroo River (Shoalhaven)

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Kangaroo River
Budderoo Creek[1]
Perennial river
Name origin: Named because of abundance of kangaroos[1]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions Sydney Basin (IBRA), Southern Highlands, Illawarra
Local government area Shoalhaven
Part of Shoalhaven River
 - left Brogers Creek
 - right Yarrunga Creek, Bundanoon Creek
Source Bells Hills, Illawarra escarpment
 - location southeast of Robertson
 - elevation 290 m (951 ft)
Mouth Shoalhaven River
 - location near Barron Flat
 - elevation 56 m (184 ft)
Length 47 km (29 mi)
National parks Budderoo, Morton
Dam Tallowa

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]

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.
  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