Merrica River

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Merrica River
An intermediate intermittently closed saline coastal lagoon;[1] or perennial river[2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government area Bega Valley
 - left Daylight Creek
 - right Wombat Creek
Source Mount Nadgee
 - elevation 230 m (755 ft)
Mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
 - location Disaster Bay
Length 19 km (12 mi)
Depth 0.4 m (1 ft)
Basin 60.5 km2 (23 sq mi)
Area 0.1 km2 (0 sq mi)
Nature reserve Nadgee Nature Reserve
Website: NSW Environment & Heritage

The Merrica River is an intermediate intermittently closed saline coastal lagoon[1] or perennial river[2] located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Merrica River rises on the northern slopes of Mount Nadgee within the Nadgee Nature Reserve; located about 9 kilometres (5.6 mi) southwest of Tumbledown Mountain. The river flows generally northeast before reaching its mouth with the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean, emptying into Disaster Bay.[2] The river descends 230 metres (750 ft) over its 19 kilometres (12 mi) course.[3]

The catchment area of the river is 60.5 square kilometres (23.4 sq mi) with a volume of 48.5 megalitres (1.71×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 0.1 square kilometres (0.039 sq mi), at an average depth of 0.4 metres (1 ft 4 in).[4]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 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. 
  2. ^ a b c d "Merrica River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Merrica River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 
  4. ^ "Merrica River". Coastal and floodplain management: Coastal zone management: Estuaries of NSW. NSW Environment and Heritage. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 30 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 37°20′S 149°54′E / 37.333°S 149.900°E / -37.333; 149.900