Kangaroo River (Shoalhaven)

The Kangaroo River is a perennial river of the Shoalhaven catchment located in the Southern Highlands and Illawarra regions of New South Wales, Australia.[1]

Kangaroo River
Budderoo Creek[1]
EtymologyNamed because of abundance of kangaroos[1]
Location
CountryAustralia
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Southern Highlands, Illawarra
Local government areaShoalhaven
Physical characteristics
SourceBells Hills, Illawarra escarpment
  locationsoutheast of Robertson
  elevation290 m (950 ft)
MouthShoalhaven River
  location
near Barron Flat
  elevation
56 m (184 ft)
Length47 km (29 mi)
Basin features
River systemShoalhaven River
Tributaries 
  leftBrogers Creek
  rightYarrunga Creek, Bundanoon Creek
National parksBudderoo, Morton
[2]

Location and features

The river rises within the Budderoo National Park about 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) north-west of Illawarra lookout. It initially flows in a north-westerly direction to Carrington Falls, where the river crosses the western escarpment of the Budderoo Plateau. The river then turns to the south-west and flows through the communities of Upper Kangaroo Valley and Kangaroo Valley, and into the Morton National Park. The river ends its course by flowing into Lake Yarrunga, a reservoir formed by the Tallowa Dam and situated just downstream of the confluence of the Shoalhaven and Kangaroo rivers. The river descends 234 metres (768 ft) over its 47 kilometres (29 mi) course.[2]

The river is crossed by the historic Hampden Bridge in the town of Kangaroo Valley.[3]

See also

References

  1. "Kangaroo River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 December 2008.
  2. "Map of Kangaroo River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  3. "Hampden Bridge". Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association Inc. 2013. Retrieved 18 May 2013.

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