Tuross River

The Tuross River, an open semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary[3] or perennial stream,[1] is located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Tuross River
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government areaEurobodalla
TownsBodalla, Tuross Head
Physical characteristics
SourceKybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range
  locationMount Kydra, Wadbilliga National Park
  elevation1,170 m (3,840 ft)
MouthTasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Tuross Lake, at Tuross Head
Length147 km (91 mi)
Basin size1,814 km2 (700 sq mi)
  average1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
Basin features
  leftGuinea Creek, Swamp Creek (Tuross), Woila Creek, Mellion Creek, Big Belimbla Creek, Sawpit Creek, Swamp Creek (Comerang)
  rightBack River (Cooma-Monaro), Bumberry Creek, Myrtle Creek (Eurobodalla), Wadbilliga Hole Creek, Wadbilliga River, Wandella Creek, Reedy Creek (Tuross)
WaterfallsTuross Falls
National parkWadbilliga

Course and features

Tuross River rises of the eastern slopes of the Kybeyan Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, below Mount Kydra on the western edge of Wadbilliga National Park, not far from Cooma. The river flows generally north, east and northeast, joined by fourteen tributaries including the Back and Wadbilliga rivers, before spilling into Tuross Lake and reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean at Tuross Heads.[1] The river descends 1,170 metres (3,840 ft) over its 147 kilometres (91 mi) course.[2]

The catchment area of the river is 1,814 square kilometres (700 sq mi) with a volume of 18,208 megalitres (643.0×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 15.5 square kilometres (6.0 sq mi), at an average depth of 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in).[4]

North of the town of Bodalla, the Princes Highway crosses the Tuross River.

See also


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

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