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Happy Jacks
Happy Jacks Creek is located in New South Wales
Happy Jacks Creek
Location of the Happy Jacks Creek mouth in New South Wales
Other name(s) Happy Jacks River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region Australian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains
LGA Snowy Valleys
Physical characteristics
Main source Australian Alps, Great Dividing Range
near The Dip
1,640 m (5,380 ft)
36°0′28″S 148°33′11″E / 36.00778°S 148.55306°E / -36.00778; 148.55306
River mouth Tumut River
Happy Jacks Pondage
1,210 m (3,970 ft)
36°0′10″S 148°26′59″E / 36.00278°S 148.44972°E / -36.00278; 148.44972
Length 19 km (12 mi)
Basin features
River system Murrumbidgee catchment,
Murray–Darling basin
  • Left:
    McKeahnies Creek, Tibeaudo Creek

The Happy Jacks Creek, a perennial river that is part of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Snowy Mountains region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

The Happy Jacks Creek (technically a river) rises near The Dip within the Kosciuszko National Park, sourced by runoff from the Australian Alps, part of the Great Dividing Range. The creek flows generally south by southwest and then north by northwest, joined by two minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Tumut River (itself a tributary of the Murrumbidgee River), in remote mountainous country at the Happy Jacks Pondage, formed by the Happy Jacks Dam. The creek descends 428 metres (1,404 ft) over its 19-kilometre (12 mi) course, that is contained entirely within the Kosciuszko National Park.

The catchment area is part of the territory traditionally occupied by the Aboriginal Walgalu people, who were joined in the summer months by the Ngarigo and Ngunawal for the Bogong feasts.

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