Yarrangobilly River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsYarrangobilly
|Other name(s)||Heads of Yarrangobilly River|
|State||New South Wales|
|Region||Australian Alps (IBRA), Snowy Mountains|
|LGA||Snowy Valleys Council|
|Main source||Fiery Range
near Kennedy Ridge
1,490 m (4,890 ft)
|River mouth||Talbingo Reservoir
|Length||50 km (31 mi)|
|River system||Murrumbidgee catchment,
|National park||Kosciuszko NP|
Course and features
The Yarrangobilly River rises on the Fiery Range near the Kennedy Ridge, approximately 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) west southwest of Peppercorn Hill, within the Kosciuszko National Park. The river flows generally southwest, before spilling into Talbingo Reservoir at Tobo Hall, formed by the impounding of the Tumut River via Talbingo Dam. The river descends 935 metres (3,068 ft) over its 50-kilometre (31 mi) course.
The Snowy Mountains Highway crosses the river at the locality of Yarrangobilly.
One of the main visitor access points to the river is the Yarrangobilly Caves area. At the side of the river is a thermal pool which is 20 metres (66 ft) long and up to 2.5 metres (8 ft 2 in) deep. The pool is fed by a warm-water spring which maintains the temperature at 27 °C (81 °F). Walking tracks along the river include River Walk and Castle Walk which leads to the Yarrangobilly Caves; as well as the Glory Farm track which leads to the remnants of Henry Harris' Glory Hole Farm. Other recreational activities include fishing, canoeing and rafting.
The endangered Booroolong Frog was historically recorded in the Yarrangobilly River, but it is believed that the population may have disappeared due to the infectious disease Chytridiomycosis. The introduced rainbow trout is found in the river, a result of the stocking of local water bodies from the Gaden Trout Hatchery at Jindabyne by the Monaro Acclimatisation Society.
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