Minnamurra River

The Minnamurra River, an open mature wave dominated barrier estuary,[1] is located in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Minnamurra River
Aerial view showing the mouth of Minnamurra River.
Location of river mouth in New South Wales
EtymologyAboriginal: Meme Mora, meaning "river of many fish".
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Illawarra
LGAsShellharbour, Kiama
Physical characteristics
SourceIllawarra escarpment
  locationwest of Jamberoo
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Minnamurra Point, Minnamurra
Length23 km (14 mi)
Basin size117 km2 (45 sq mi)
Basin features
National parkBudderoo

Location and features

Minnamurra River rises within the Budderoo National Park on the eastern slopes of the Illawarra escarpment, west of the village of Jamberoo and north of Missingham Pass, and flows generally east, descending the 100 metres (330 ft) Minamurra Falls.[2] The river drains into the Jamberoo Valley surrounded by Stockyard Mountain to the north, Jamberoo Mountain to the west and Noorinan and Saddleback Mountain to the south. The mouth of the river lies immediately north of the Kiama suburb of Minnamurra at Minnamurra Point. The entrance is characterised by a small island just offshore from the mouth. The river descends 306 metres (1,004 ft) over its 23 kilometres (14 mi) course.[2]

The Princes Highway crosses the Minnamurra River north of the suburb of Minnamurra.

The name Minnamurra is derived from the Aboriginal word of Meme Mora,[3] meaning "river of many fish".[4]

In 1893, four adults and three children were drowned whilst rowing a small boat near the mouth of the Minnamurra River. The boat succumbed to heavy surf conditions.[5]

See also


  1. Roy, P. S; Williams, R. J; Jones, A. R; Yassini, I; et al. (2001). "Structure and Function of South-east Australian Estuaries". Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. 53: 351–384. doi:10.1006/ecss.2001.0796.
  2. "Map of Minamurra Falls, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  3. "Minnamurra River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
  4. Reed, A. W, (1984). Place names of Australia (paperback reprint). Sydney: Reed Books Pty Limited. p. 152.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link) CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  5. "Minnamurra River Tragedy" (Extract from the Reporter and Illawarra Journal and Sydney Mail). Kiama Museum. 1893. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
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