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Tuross River
Tuross River from bridge.JPG
Country Australia
State New South Wales
Region South East Corner (IBRA), South Coast
Local government area Eurobodalla
Towns Bodalla, Tuross Head
Physical characteristics
Main source Kybeyan Range, Great Dividing Range
Mount Kydra, Wadbilliga National Park
1,170 m (3,840 ft)
River mouth Tasman Sea, South Pacific Ocean
Tuross Lake, at Tuross Head
Length 147 km (91 mi)
  • Average depth:
    1.2 m (3 ft 11 in)
Basin features
Basin size 1,814 km2 (700 sq mi)
  • Left:
    Guinea Creek, Swamp Creek (Tuross), Woila Creek, Mellion Creek, Big Belimbla Creek, Sawpit Creek, Swamp Creek (Comerang)
  • Right:
    Back River (Cooma-Monaro), Bumberry Creek, Myrtle Creek (Eurobodalla), Wadbilliga Hole Creek, Wadbilliga River, Wandella Creek, Reedy Creek (Tuross)
Waterfalls Tuross Falls
National park Wadbilliga

The Tuross River, an open semi-mature wave dominated barrier estuary or perennial stream, is located in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

Tuross River rises of the eastern slopes of the Kybeyan Range, part of the Great Dividing Range, below Mount Kydra on the western edge of Wadbilliga National Park, not far from Cooma. The river flows generally north, east and northeast, joined by fourteen tributaries including the Back River and Wadbilliga rivers, before spilling into Tuross Lake and reaching its mouth at the Tasman Sea of the South Pacific Ocean at Tuross Heads. The river descends 1,170 metres (3,840 ft) over its 147 kilometres (91 mi) course.

The catchment area of the river is 1,814 square kilometres (700 sq mi) with a volume of 18,208 megalitres (643.0×10^6 cu ft) over a surface area of 15.5 square kilometres (6.0 sq mi), at an average depth of 1.2 metres (3 ft 11 in).

North of the town of Bodalla, the Princes Highway crosses the Tuross River.


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