Thredbo River

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

Thredbo River
Crackemback River, Crackenback River[1]
Thredbo River from the Alpine Way in Kosciuszko National Park.
StateNew South Wales
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
Local government areaSnowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Leo, Snowy Mountains
  locationbelow South Rams Head
  elevation1,550 m (5,090 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Snowy River
Lake Jindabyne
901 m (2,956 ft)
Length40 km (25 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
  leftSawpit Creek
  rightBig Boggy, Bull Creek (New South Wales), Little Thredbo River
National parkKosciuszko NP

Course and features

The Thredbo River rises below South Rams Head, near Mount Leo within the Kosciuszko National Park. The river flows generally adjacent to the Alpine Way, west and northwest near Dead Horse Gap, then generally north, passing through the village of Thredbo, joined by four tributaries including the Little Thredbo River, before emptying into Lake Jindabyne, impounded by Jindabyne Dam. Within Lake Jindabyne, the river reaches its confluence with the Snowy River.[1]

The river descends 649 metres (2,129 ft) over its 40 kilometres (25 mi) course.[2]

The flow of the river is impacted by alpine conditions; with high flows during spring as a result of snow melt. Meanwhile, during winter, the river is subject to snow and ice conditions.

See also


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

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