Mowamba River

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

Mowamba River
Moonbah River[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
Local government areaSnowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
SourceSnowy Mountains, Great Dividing Range
  locationnear Mount Terrible
  elevation1,360 m (4,460 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Snowy River
near Jindabyne
853 m (2,799 ft)
Length32 km (20 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
  leftTulon Creek
  rightGrosses Plain Creek
National parkKosciuszko NP

Course and features

The Mowamba River rises within The Snowy Mountains Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, contained within the Kosciuszko National Park, on the northeastern slopes of Mount Terrible. The river flows generally south then northeast by east, joined by two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Snowy River approximately 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) south of Jindabyne, in the Jinadbyne Gorge.[1] The river descends 507 metres (1,663 ft) over its 32 kilometres (20 mi) course.[2]

Water management

Water from the Mowamba River is diverted to Jindabyne Dam via the Mowamba weir and aqueduct; that is part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme.

On 28 August 2002, the Mowamba Weir was "turned out" allowing environmental water to over top the weir. Environmental water releases occurred until January 2006. Since January 2006, environmental water releases to the Snowy River have occurred from Jindabyne Dam as the infrastructure upgrades to the dam wall had been completed.

See also


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

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