Big Badja River

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

Big Badja
Location of the mouth of the Big Badja River in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro
Physical characteristics
SourceBig Badja Hill
  locationnorth–east of Cooma
  coordinates36°3′10″S 149°33′00″E
  elevation1,030 m (3,380 ft)
MouthNumeralla River
near Numeralla
36°10′27″S 149°20′52″E
735 m (2,411 ft)
Length32 km (20 mi)
Basin features
River systemMurray–Darling basin
  leftUndoo Creek, Peppers Creek
  rightBoundary Creek (New South Wales)

The river rises on the western slopes of the Great Dividing Range, north–east of Cooma at the junction of the Kybeyan and Gourock Ranges, and generally flows south and west, joined by three minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Numeralla River at the village of Numeralla; dropping 295 metres (968 ft) over its course of 32 kilometres (20 mi).[2]

Alluvial gold was discovered in and along the river in 1858, with the Big Badja diggings worked between 1861 and 1868.[3]

See also


  1. "Big Badja River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  2. "Map of Big Badja River". Retrieved 13 January 2013.
  3. "History". Numeralla and District Activities Inc. 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2013.

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