Tuggeranong Creek

Tuggeranong Creek, a partly perennial stream of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Tuggeranong district of Canberra, within the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Tuggeranong Creek
Spring on Tuggeranong Creek
EtymologyAboriginal: word meaning "cold plain"[1]
TerritoryAustralian Capital Territory
IBRASouth Eastern Highlands
Town centreTuggeranong
Physical characteristics
SourceTuggeranong Hill
  locationeast of Theodore
  elevation700 m (2,300 ft)(approx.)
MouthConfluence with Murrumbidgee River
South of Greenway
570 m (1,870 ft)(approx.)
Basin features
River systemMurrumbidgee River, Murray–Darling basin
ReservoirsIsabella Pond, Lake Tuggeranong

Tuggeranong is derived from the Aboriginal word, meaning "cold plain".[1] The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Tuggeranong Creek are the Aboriginal people of the Ngunnawal tribe.


Tuggeranong Creek rises below Tuggeranong Hill, east of the suburb of Theodore and the Monaro Highway, formed through rural runoff within Monks Pond. The creek flows generally west and north-west, through Theodore, past the playing fields located in Calwell, through Richardson where it passes close to Tuggeranong Homestead, and through Isabella Plains, gathering urban stormwater drainage. Tuggeranong Creek is impounded at Bonython to form Isabella Pond, which is also impounded to form Lake Tuggeranong, a 57.1 hectares (141 acres) man-made artificial lake.[2]

The creek is dammed at Tuggeranong Town Centre along Athlon Drive. Although there is no clear channel, Tuggeranong Creek flows south-west to form confluence with the Murrumbidgee River, south of Greenway.


  1. "Tuggeranong Creek". Place name search. Government of the Australian Capital Territory. Retrieved 17 February 2013.
  2. "Carp management objectives and preliminary life history and conceptual models for carp habitat use" (PDF). Upper Murrumbidgee Demonstration Reach. p. 6. Retrieved 17 February 2013.

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