Tuross River

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Tuross River
An open semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary;[1] or perennial stream[2]
Tuross River from bridge.JPG
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions South East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government area Eurobodalla
 - left Guinea Creek, Swamp Creek (Tuross), Woila Creek, Mellion Creek, Big Belimbla Creek, Sawpit Creek, Swamp Creek (Comerang)
 - right Back River (Cooma-Monaro), Bumberry Creek, Myrtle Creek (Eurobodalla), Wadbilliga Hole Creek, Wadbilliga River, Wandella Creek, Reedy Creek (Tuross)
Towns Bodalla, Tuross Head
Source Kybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range
 - location Mount Kydra, Wadbilliga National Park
 - elevation 1,170 m (3,839 ft)
Mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
 - location Tuross Lake, at Tuross Head
Length 147 km (91 mi)
Depth 1.2 m (4 ft)
Basin 1,814 km2 (700 sq mi)
Area 15.5 km2 (6 sq mi)
National park Wadbilliga
Waterfall Tuross Falls
Website: NSW Environment & Heritage webpage

The Tuross River, an open semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary[1] or perennial stream,[2] is located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Tuross River rises of the eastern slopes of the Kybeyan Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, below Mount Kydra on the western edge of Wadbilliga National Park, not far from Cooma. The river flows generally north, east and northeast, joined by fourteen tributaries including the Back and Wadbilliga rivers, before spilling into Tuross Lake and reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean at Tuross Heads.[2] The river descends 1,170 metres (3,840 ft) over its 147 kilometres (91 mi) course.[3]

The catchment area of the river is 1,814 square kilometres (700 sq mi) with a volume of 18,208 megalitres (643.0×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 15.5 square kilometres (6.0 sq mi), at an average depth of 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in).[4]

North of the town of Bodalla, the Princes Highway crosses the Tuross River.


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

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Coordinates: 36°04′S 150°05′E / 36.067°S 150.083°E / -36.067; 150.083