|Etymology||Aboriginal: "meeting of the water"|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro|
|Local government areas||Snowy Monaro Regional Council|
|Source||Kybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range|
|⁃ location||below Brown Mountain|
|⁃ elevation||1,170 m (3,840 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Delegate River|
|west of Bombala|
|635 m (2,083 ft)|
|Length||87 km (54 mi)|
|River system||Snowy River catchment|
|⁃ left||Big Bog Creek, Back Creek (Cooma-Monaro, New South Wales), Coolumbooka River, Saucy Creek, Ashton Creek|
|⁃ right||Undowah 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.
The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal word meaning "meeting of the water", 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.
- Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia (paperback ed.). Sydney: Reed. p. 37. ISBN 978-0-589-07115-8.
- "Bombala River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
- "Map of Bombala River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2013.