Bombala River

The Bombala River, a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, is located in the Monaro region of New South Wales, Australia.

Bombala River
EtymologyAboriginal: "meeting of the water"[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro
Local government areasSnowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
SourceKybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range
  locationbelow Brown Mountain
  elevation1,170 m (3,840 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Delegate River
west of Bombala
635 m (2,083 ft)
Length87 km (54 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
  leftBig Bog Creek, Back Creek (Cooma-Monaro, New South Wales), Coolumbooka River, Saucy Creek, Ashton Creek
  rightUndowah River, Bukalong Creek, Cambalong Creek

Course and features

The Bombala River rises within the Kybeyan Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, on the southwestern slopes of Brown Mountain. The river flows generally southwest, joined by eight tributaries including the Undowah River and the Coolumbooka River, before reaching its confluence with the Delegate River approximately 17 kilometres (11 mi) west of Bombala. The river descends 535 metres (1,755 ft) over its 87 kilometres (54 mi) course.[3]

In its upper reaches, the Bombala River is crossed by the Snowy Mountains Highway near Brown Mountain; while the Monaro Highway crosses the meandering river at several locations north of Bombala.[3]

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the water",[1] presumably referring to the confluence of the Bombala River with the Coolumbooka River, at Bombala; and the confluence with the Undowah River, a few kilometers upstream.[3]

See also


  1. Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (paperback ed.). Sydney: Reed. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8.
  2. "Bombala River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. "Map of Bombala River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2013.

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