Murrah River

Murrah River is an open mature wave dominated barrier estuary[3] or perennial river located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Murrah River
Dry River[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government areaBega Valley
Physical characteristics
SourceMumbulla Creek and Dry River
  locationnear Quaama
  elevation272 m (892 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Murrah Lagoon
5 m (16 ft)
Basin size196 km2 (76 sq mi)
  average0.7 m (2 ft 4 in)

Course and features

Formed by the confluence of the Mumbulla Creek and Dry River, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) southeast by south of Quaama, the Murrah River flows generally east, before flowing into Murrah Lagoon and reaching its mouth into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean north of Murrah Beach.[1] The length of the course of the river varies between 15 kilometres (9.3 mi)[1] and 44 kilometres (27 mi).[2]

The catchment area of the river is 196 square kilometres (76 sq mi) with a volume of 500 megalitres (18×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 0.8 square kilometres (0.31 sq mi), at an average depth of 0.7 metres (2 ft 4 in).[4]

The Princes Highway crosses Murrah River at Quaama, south of Cobargo.

See also


  1. "Murrah River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  2. "Map of Murrah River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. 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.
  4. "Murrah River". Coastal and floodplain management: Coastal zone management: Estuaries of NSW. NSW Environment and Heritage. 26 April 2012. Retrieved 1 June 2013.

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