Yarrangobilly River

The Yarrangobilly River is a perennial river of the Murrumbidgee River catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia.

Heads of Yarrangobilly River[1]
Location of the Yarrangobilly River mouth in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
LGASnowy Valleys Council
Physical characteristics
SourceFiery Range
  locationnear Kennedy Ridge
  coordinates35°39′S 148°30′E
  elevation1,490 m (4,890 ft)
MouthTalbingo Reservoir
Tobo Hole
35°46′S 148°21′E
Length50 km (31 mi)
Basin features
River systemMurrumbidgee catchment,
Murray–Darling basin
National parkKosciuszko NP

Course and features

The Yarrangobilly River rises on the Fiery Range near the Kennedy Ridge, approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west southwest of Peppercorn Hill, within the Kosciuszko National Park. The river flows generally southwest, before spilling into Talbingo Reservoir at Tobo Hall, formed by the impounding of the Tumut River via Talbingo Dam.[1] The river descends 935 metres (3,068 ft) over its 50-kilometre (31 mi) course.[2]

The Snowy Mountains Highway crosses the river at the locality of Yarrangobilly.


One of the main visitor access points to the river is the Yarrangobilly Caves area. At the side of the river is a thermal pool which is 20 metres (66 ft) long and up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) deep.[3] The pool is fed by a warm-water spring which maintains the temperature at 27 °C (81 °F).[3] Walking tracks along the river include River Walk and Castle Walk which leads to the Yarrangobilly Caves; as well as the Glory Farm track which leads to the remnants of Henry Harris' Glory Hole Farm.[3] Other recreational activities include fishing, canoeing and rafting.[4][5]


The endangered Booroolong Frog was historically recorded in the Yarrangobilly River, but it is believed that the population may have disappeared due to the infectious disease Chytridiomycosis.[6] The introduced rainbow trout is found in the river, a result of the stocking of local water bodies from the Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne by the Monaro Acclimatisation Society.[5]

See also


  1. "Yarrangobilly River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  2. "Map of Yarrangobilly River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2013.
  3. "Kosciuszko National Park - Walking". Department of Environment and Climate Change. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  4. "Kosciuszko National Park - Paddling, sailing and boating". Department of Environment and Climate Change. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  5. Lawler, P. "Fishing around Kiandra". Kiandra Historical Society. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
  6. "Litoria booroolongensis — Booroolong Frog". Species Profile and Threats Database. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Retrieved 17 July 2009.
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