Ourimbah Creek

Ourimbah Creek, a perennial river of the Central Coast catchment, is located in the Central Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Ourinbah Creek
EtymologyAboriginal: meaning bora or ceremonial ground; word for "the sacred circle on the initiation site for investing the Oorin or belt of manhood"[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Central Coast
Local government areaCentral Coast
Physical characteristics
SourceHunter Range
  locationnear Kulnura
  elevation304 m (997 ft)
MouthTuggerah Lake
near Tuggerah
7 m (23 ft)
Length37 km (23 mi)
Basin features
River systemCentral Coast catchment
Nature reserveJilliby State Conservation Area

Course and features

Ourimbah Creek rises on the southern slopes of the Hunter Range, about 1.6 kilometres (0.99 mi) south of Kulnura. The river flows generally south southeast and east northeast, before reaching its mouth within Tuggerah Lake, about 4.8 kilometres (3.0 mi) southeast of Tuggerah.[1] The river descends 304 metres (997 ft) over its 37-kilometre (23 mi) course.[2]

Ourimbah Creek and the Wyong River supply most of the fresh water that flows into Tuggerah Lake, which is usually open to the Tasman Sea at The Entrance.[2]

The Pacific Motorway and the Central Coast Highway both cross the river, at Kangy Angy.[2]


The name of the town Ourimbah, near which the river passes, is derived from the Australian Aboriginal word meaning bora or ceremonial ground; or the word for "the sacred circle on the initiation site for investing the Oorin or belt of manhood".[1][3]

See also


  1. "Ourimbah Creek". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. "Map of Ourimbah Creek, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  3. Reed, A. W. (1984). Place name of Australia (3rd reprint ed.). Frenchs Forest, New South Wales: Reed Books. p. 171. ISBN 0-589-50128-3.

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