Wingecarribee River

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Wingecarribee (Winge Karrabee[1])
Wingecarribee Swamp FitzroyFalls.jpg
The brown on the left is Wingecarribee Swamp with Fitzroy Falls Reservoir on the right.
Name origin: Aboriginal (Dharawal): Winge Karrabee meaning "a flight of birds" and "waters to rest beside"[1]
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Regions Sydney Basin (IBRA), Southern Highlands
Local government areas Wingecarribee, Wollondilly
Part of Hawkesbury-Nepean catchment
 - right Joadja Creek, Deep Creek (Wingecarribee)
Town Berrima
Source Wingecarribee Reservoir
 - location Glenquarry
 - elevation 674 m (2,211 ft)
 - coordinates 34°34′35″S 150°32′35″E / 34.576276°S 150.542985°E / -34.576276; 150.542985
Mouth confluence with the Wollondilly River
 - location Tugalong, northwest of Berrima
 - elevation 280 m (919 ft)
 - coordinates 34°22′36″S 150°07′22″E / 34.376703°S 150.122820°E / -34.376703; 150.122820
Length 73 km (45 mi)
National park Bangadilly National Park
Reservoir Wingecarribee Reservoir

The Wingecarribee River (Aboriginal Dharawal: Winge Karrabee[1]), a perennial river that is part of the HawkesburyNepean catchment, is located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

Wingecarribee River rises on the heights at Robertson below Wingecarribee Reservoir, near the village of Glenquarry, and flows generally northwest, joined by two minor tributaries and through the Belanglo State Forest and Bangadilly National Park, before reaching its confluence with the Wollondilly River north of the locality of Tugalong, northwest of Berrima. The river descends 393 metres (1,289 ft) over its 73-kilometre (45 mi) course.[2]

In its upper reaches, the feeder creeks of the Wingecarribee form the Wingecarribee Swamp, the only substantial peat bog in New South Wales. Most of the swamp has been drained and the remaining section of the swamp is the habitat of a number of endangered species.[citation needed] The river runs through a valley on the plateau that is home to a popular camp, Biloela.[citation needed]

The Moss Vale Road crosses the river at Bong Bong, between Bowral and Moss Vale. At Berrima, the river is crossed by the Hume Freeway.

The Shoalhaven Scheme pumps water from the Shoalhaven River into the Wingecarribee Reservoir and this water supply augments the water supply for greater metropolitan Sydney.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Wingecarribee River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 3 April 2013.
  2. ^ a b "Wingecarribee River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 3 April 2013.

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Coordinates: 34°23′S 150°07′E / 34.383°S 150.117°E / -34.383; 150.117