Yass River

The Yass River, a perennial river[1] that is part of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Southern Tablelands and South Western Slopes districts of New South Wales, Australia.

Cohen Creek[1]
A railway bridge over the Yass River.
Location of the Yass River mouth in New South Wales
StateNew South Wales
RegionSouth Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Riverina, Southern Tablelands, South Western Slopes
LGAsQueanbeyan–Palerang, Yass Valley
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
  locationnear Wamboin
  elevation758 m (2,487 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Murrumbidgee River
Lake Burrinjuck
34°52′36″S 148°46′55″E
345 m (1,132 ft)
Length139 km (86 mi)
Basin features
River systemMurrumbidgee catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
  leftBack Creek (New South Wales), Murrumbateman Creek
  rightCohen Creek, Black Joes Creek, Bungendore Creek, Brooks Creek, Derringullen Creek

Course and features

The river rises in rugged country south west of Bungendore, near Wamboin and flows generally north north west then south west, joined by seven minor tributaries, towards its confluence with the Murrumbidgee River into the impounded waters of Lake Burrinjuck, west of Yass; dropping 413 metres (1,355 ft) over its 139-kilometre (86 mi) course.[3]


A number of competing theories exist as to the origin of the name "Yass". It is believed to be named after an Aborigine commented to explorer, Hamilton Hume, that "Yass boss, plains". An alternative theory is that Yass was named after comments made by Mr Angel, a member of Hume's exploration party, that "Yas, yas, plenty of clear country here". A third theory is that the local Aboriginal Gandangara people used the words Yarrh or Yharr as the name for the river,[2] literally translated to mean "running water".[4]

See also


  1. "Yass River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  2. "Yass". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  3. "Map of Yass River". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
  4. "Yass: Brief History". The Southern Tablelands of NSW: Towns & Villages. Retrieved 20 January 2013.
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