Bega River (New South Wales)

The Bega River is an intermittently open intermediate wave dominated barrier estuary[2] that is located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Bega River
Buckajo River, Bemboka River[1]
The Bega River, facing upstream from below the Bega Bridge, 2004
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
DistrictBega Valley
Physical characteristics
Source confluenceBemboka River and Tantawanglo Creek
  locationMorans Crossing, Snowy Mountains Highway
  coordinates36°40′S 149°39′E
  elevation113 m (371 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Mogareeka Inlet, Tathra
36°42′05″S 149°58′45″E
Length48.6 km (30.2 mi)
Basin size2,850 km2 (1,100 sq mi)
Basin features
  leftBrogo River
  rightSandy Creek, Wolumla Creek


The Bega River rises at the confluence of the Bemboka River and Tantawanglo Creek at Morans Crossing, adjacent to the Snowy Mountains Highway. The headwaters of the river rise in the Kybeyan Range that is part of the Great Dividing Range. From Morans Crossing, the river flows generally east, then north northeast, before flowing to the northside of Bega where it meets its major tributary, the Brogo River. The Bega River then flows southeast and finally east to reach its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean via Mogareeka Inlet,[1] 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) north of the town of Tathra. The river descends 116 metres (381 ft) over its 48.6 kilometres (30.2 mi) course.[3][4]

The Bega River is known as the Bemboka River in its upper reaches.[1]

See also


  1. "Bega River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  2. 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.
  3. "Map of Bega River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 13 May 2013.
  4. "Bega Valley Shire". ACT Commissioner for the Environment. Archived from the original on 31 August 2007. Retrieved 27 August 2007.
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