Pambula River

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

Pambula River
Panbula River[1]
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government areaBega Valley
Physical characteristics
SourceTimbered highlands
  locationnear Lochiel
  elevation83 m (272 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
near Pambula Beach
Length15 km (9.3 mi)
Basin size296 km2 (114 sq mi)
  average2.2 m (7 ft 3 in)
Basin features
  leftChalkhills Creek

Course and features

Pambula River rises in timbered highlands near the locality of Lochiel and flows generally east, flowing through Pambula Lake, before reaching its mouth into the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean near the locality of Pambula Beach. The river descends 83 metres (272 ft) over its 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) course.[2]

The catchment area of the river is 296 square kilometres (114 sq mi) with a volume of 9,774 megalitres (345.2×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 4.7 square kilometres (1.8 sq mi), at an average depth of 2.2 metres (7 ft 3 in).[4]

South of Pambula, the Princes Highway crosses the river.

See also


  1. "Pambula River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 31 May 2013.
  2. "Map of Pambula River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 31 May 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. "Pambula River". Coastal and floodplain management: Coastal zone management: Estuaries of NSW. NSW Environment and Heritage. 27 April 2012. Retrieved 31 May 2013.

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