Jerrabomberra Creek

Jerrabomberra Creek, a partly perennial stream of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Capital Country region spanning both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Jerrabomberra Creek
EtymologyAboriginal: "afraid of lightning"[1]
StateNew South Wales, Australian Capital Territory
IBRASouth Eastern Highlands
DistrictCapital Country
Physical characteristics
Sourcebelow Lobb Hill
  locationbetween Williamsdale and Royalla, NSW
  elevation1,010 m (3,310 ft)
Mouthconfluence with Molonglo River
Lake Burley Griffin, ACT
554 m (1,818 ft)
Length35 km (22 mi)
Basin size128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemMurrumbidgee River, Murray–Darling basin
ReservoirLake Burley Griffin

Jerrabomberra is derived from the Aboriginal word, meaning "afraid of lightning".[1] The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Jerrabomberra Creek are the Aboriginal people of the Ngunnawal tribe.[3]

Location and features

The creek rises in New South Wales (NSW), below Lobb Hill, between Williamsdale and Royalla, and flows generally north and north–west, before reaching its confluence with the Molonglo River into Lake Burley Griffin, to the north of Narrabundah, in South Canberra, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT).[4] The creek descends 452 metres (1,483 ft) over its 35 kilometres (22 mi) course,[2] and has a catchment area of 128 square kilometres (49 sq mi).[5]

Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Prior to reaching Lake Burley Griffin, the creek flows through a series of significant artificially-formed wetlands, called the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with an estimated 170 bird species, including the migratory Latham’s snipe; and eleven fish species, as well as the eastern water rat, platypus and eastern snake-necked tortoise. The wetlands include a silt trap, a series of billabongs, and a swamp.[6][7]

See also


  1. "Jerrabomberra Creek". Place name search. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  2. "Map of Jerrabomberra Creek". Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  3. "Molonglo Catchment Strategy: 2004-2024" (PDF). Molonglo Catchment Group Inc. May 2005. pp. 24–25. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  4. "Jerrabomberra Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  5. "Jerrabomberra Creek Plan of Management (Draft)" (PDF). Queanbeyan City Council. September 2005. p. 3. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  6. Jean, Peter (4 August 2012). "Grand plans for Jerrabomberra wetlands". The Canberra Times. Retrieved 15 February 2013.
  7. "Jerrabomberra Wetlands brochure" (PDF). Canberra’s Haven of Biodiversity. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 15 February 2013.

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