Numeralla River

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Umaralla River[1]
Name origin: Aboriginal: valley of plenty[2]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro
Municipality Cooma-Monaro
Part of Murrumbidgee catchment,
Murray–Darling basin
 - left Kybeyan River
 - right Big Badja River, Cooma Creek
Source Kybeyan Range
 - location east of Nimmitabel
 - elevation 1,070 m (3,510 ft)
 - coordinates 36°30′27″S 149°25′20″E / 36.50750°S 149.42222°E / -36.50750; 149.42222
Mouth Murrumbidgee River
 - location north of Cooma
 - elevation 706 m (2,316 ft)
 - coordinates 36°3′56″S 149°9′1″E / 36.06556°S 149.15028°E / -36.06556; 149.15028Coordinates: 36°3′56″S 149°9′1″E / 36.06556°S 149.15028°E / -36.06556; 149.15028
Length 94 km (58 mi)
Location of the mouth of the Numeralla River in New South Wales

The Numeralla River, a perennial river that is part of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Monaro region of New South Wales, Australia.

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "valley of plenty."[2]


The river rises on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) east of the village of Nimmitabel, and flows generally north and west, joined by eight tributaries including the Kybeyan and Big Badja rivers before reaching its confluence with the Murrumbidgee River, south of Bredbo and about 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Cooma; descending 367 metres (1,204 ft) over its 93-kilometre (58 mi) course.[1][3]

The river is a diverse ecosystem rich with many different animal species such as the uncommonly seen Wanderer's Kingfisher and the Kiora frog. Its native freshwater fish fauna however has unfortunately been entirely replaced by introduced trout species, now replaced by the introduced European carp species; a common situation in south-east Australia.[citation needed]

Alluvial gold was discovered in and along the river in 1858, with the diggings worked until 1868.[4]

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  1. ^ a b "Numeralla River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "Numeralla". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Numeralla River, ACT". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 13 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "History". Numeralla and District Activities Inc. 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2013.