Buckenbowra River

Buckenbowra River, a perennial river of the Clyde River catchment, is located in the upper ranges of the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Buckenbowra River
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government areaEurobodalla
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range within Monga National Park
  locationnear Monga
  elevation601 m (1,972 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Clyde River
west of Batemans Bay
2 m (6 ft 7 in)
Length41 km (25 mi)
Basin features
River systemClyde River catchment
  rightQuart Pot Creek, Mullendaree Creek
National parksMonga, Clyde

Course and features

Buckenbowra River rises on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range within Monga National Park, approximately 1.6 km (1 mi) northeast of the village of Monga, flows through a series of heavily wooded gorges, joined by two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Clyde River within Clyde River National Park, around 5 km (3 mi) from the town of Batemans Bay.[1][3] The river descends 598 metres (1,962 ft) over its 42 kilometres (26 mi) course.[2]


The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Buckenbowra River are the Indigenous Australian people of the Walbanja clan.[3]

European settlement occurred in the 1830s when a horse trail was established running beside the waterway.[3] In the 1850s this rough track was replaced with a convict-built road, supported in cuttings by dry stone walls. The road was abandoned during the nineteenth century, with one forgotten 770 m (0.48 mi) section rediscovered in 2005.[4]

Flora and fauna

The gorges through which the Buckenbowra River flows are dominated by stands of casuarina trees. Mangroves are endemic along the river banks, providing the only recorded habitat for the lichen Pertusaria melaleucoides.[5]

Fish species include Australian grayling and Australian bass.[6]

See also


  1. "Buckenbowra River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  2. "Map of Buckenbowra River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  3. "NSW Wilderness RED Index". Colong Foundation for Wilderness. September 1999. Retrieved 25 May 2013.
  4. Woodford, James (8 January 2005). "A long-deserted road is, once again, going places". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  5. Scott, G. A. M.; Entwistle, T. J.; May, T. W.; Stevens, G. N. (May 1997). "A conservation overview of Australian non-marine lichens, bryophytes, algae and fungi". Environment Australia. Department of Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. ISBN 0-6422-1399-2. Retrieved 13 July 2009.
  6. "Improved structure on Buckenbowra River a boost to migratory fish" (Press release). NSW Department of Primary Industries. 20 February 2007. Retrieved 13 July 2009.

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