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Numeralla
Other name(s) Umaralla River
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro
Municipality Snowy Monaro Regional Council
Physical characteristics
Main source Kybeyan Range
east of Nimmitabel
1,070 m (3,510 ft)
River mouth Murrumbidgee River
north of Cooma
706 m (2,316 ft)
Length 94 km (58 mi)
Basin features
River system Murrumbidgee catchment,
Murray–Darling basin
Tributaries

The Numeralla River, a perennial river that is part of the Murrumbidgee catchment within the Murray–Darling basin, is located in the Monaro region of New South Wales, Australia.

The name of the river is claimed to derive from an Aboriginal word meaning "valley of plenty", but Flavia Hodges has called this etymology "highly suspect."

Course

Numeralla River
source
Jarake Road
Greenlands Road
Greenlands Swamp Creek
Kybeyan Road
Winifred Creek
Gallows Creek
Grannys Flat Creek
Dangelong Road
Mowles Creek
Dangelong Creek
Halls Creek
Mount Forest Road
Stony Creek
Dry Creek
Lease Gully
Lambing Gully
Kybeyan River
Bill Kings Creek
Cooma Street, Numeralla
Big Badja River
Green Creek
Kings Creek
Rose Valley Road
Dodds Creek
Rock Flat Creek
Chakola Road
Christos Creek
Bombala railway line
Monaro Highway
Murrumbidgee River

The river rises on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, about 12 kilometres (7.5 mi) east of the village of Nimmitabel, and flows generally north and west, joined by eight tributaries including the Kybeyan and Big Badja rivers before reaching its confluence with the Murrumbidgee River, south of Bredbo and about 18 kilometres (11 mi) north of Cooma; descending 367 metres (1,204 ft) over its 93-kilometre (58 mi) course.

The river is a diverse ecosystem rich with many different animal species such as the uncommonly seen Wanderer's Kingfisher and the Kiora frog. Its native freshwater fish fauna had been entirely replaced by introduced trout species, now replaced by the introduced European carp species; a common situation in south-east Australia.

Alluvial gold was discovered in and along the river in 1858, with the diggings worked until 1868.

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