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For the suburb, see Jerrabomberra, New South Wales.
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Jerrabomberra Creek
Country Australia
State/Territory
IBRA South Eastern Highlands
District Capital Country
Municipality Queanbeyan-Palerang
Physical characteristics
Main source below Lobb Hill
between Williamsdale and Royalla, NSW
1,010 m (3,310 ft)
River mouth confluence with Molonglo River
Lake Burley Griffin, ACT
554 m (1,818 ft)
Length 35 km (22 mi)
Basin features
River system Murrumbidgee River, Murray–Darling basin
Basin size 128 km2 (49 sq mi)
Reservoir Lake Burley Griffin

Jerrabomberra Creek, a partly perennial stream of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the Capital Country region spanning both New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory, Australia.

Jerrabomberra is derived from the Aboriginal word, meaning "afraid of lightning". The traditional custodians of the land surrounding Jerrabomberra Creek are the Aboriginal people of the Ngunnawal tribe.

Location and features

The creek rises in New South Wales (NSW), below Lobb Hill, between Williamsdale and Royalla, and flows generally north and north–west, before reaching its confluence with the Molonglo River into Lake Burley Griffin, to the north of Narrabundah, in South Canberra, within the Australian Capital Territory (ACT). The creek descends 452 metres (1,483 ft) over its 35 kilometres (22 mi) course, and has a catchment area of 128 square kilometres (49 sq mi).

Jerrabomberra Wetlands

Prior to reaching Lake Burley Griffin, the creek flows through a series of significant artificially-formed wetlands, called the Jerrabomberra Wetlands, with an estimated 170 bird species, including the migratory Latham’s snipe; and eleven fish species, as well as the eastern water rat, platypus and eastern snake-necked tortoise. The wetlands include a silt trap, a series of billabongs, and a swamp.

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