Bermagui River

Bermagui River is an open and trained semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary[5] or perennial river located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Bermagui River
An aerial view of the mouth of the Bermagui River, pictured bottom left, 2011.
EtymologyAboriginal Dyirringanj: canoe with paddles[1][2]
Native namePermageua[1][3]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government areaBega Valley
Physical characteristics
SourceCoolagolite Creek and Nutleys Creek
  locationBermagui South
  elevation26 m (85 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
near Bermagui
Length7 km (4.3 mi)
Basin size296 km2 (114 sq mi)
  average1.1 m (3 ft 7 in)

Course and features

Formed by the confluence of the Coolagolite Creek and Nutleys Creek, near Bermagui South, the Bermagui River flows generally east, before reaching its mouth into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean near Bermagui. The river descends 26 metres (85 ft) over its 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) course.[4]

The catchment area of the river is 83 square kilometres (32 sq mi) with a volume of 2,160 megalitres (76×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 2.2 square kilometres (0.85 sq mi), at an average depth of 1.1 metres (3 ft 7 in).[6]

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal Dyirringanj word, spelled variously as permageua[3] and bermaguee, meaning a canoe with paddles.[1][2]

See also


  1. Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (paperback ed.). Sydney: Reed. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8.
  2. "Bermagui River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. "Bermagui". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  4. "Map of Bermagui River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  5. 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.
  6. "Bermagui River". Coastal and floodplain management: Coastal zone management: Estuaries of NSW. NSW Environment and Heritage. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.

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