Eucumbene River

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

Eucumbene River
The Eucumbene River from the Snowy Mountains Highway at Kiandra, 1990.
StateNew South Wales
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
Local government areaSnowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
SourceSnowy Mountains
  locationbelow Shaw Hill
  elevation1,380 m (4,530 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Snowy River
Lake Jindabyne
900 m (3,000 ft)
Length84 km (52 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
  leftChance Creek, Alpine Creek (New South Wales), Gang Gang Creek
  rightTabletop Creek, Hughes Creek, Swamp Creek (New South Wales, Snowy River), Big Tolbar Creek
National parkKosciuszko NP

Course and features

The Eucumbene River rises below Shaw Hill, in the northern part of the Kosciuszko National Park, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of the village of Kiandra. The river flows generally south and southeast before emptying into Lake Eucumbene where its flow is impounded by Eucumbene Dam. After passing through or over the dam wall, the river flows generally south before emptying into Lake Jindabyne, impounded by Jindabyne Dam. Within Lake Jindabyne, the river reaches its confluence with the Snowy River.

The river descends 476 metres (1,562 ft) over its 84 kilometres (52 mi) course, joined by seven minor tributaries.[2]

The flow of the river is impacted by alpine conditions, with high flows during spring as a result of snow melt. During winter, the river is subject to snow and ice conditions.

The Snowy Mountains Highway crosses the river at several locations between Adaminaby and Kiandra.[2]

See also


  1. "Eucumbene River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. "Map of Eucumbene River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2013.

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