Queanbeyan River

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Burra Creek, Sallee Creek[1]
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Road bridge carrying the Kings Highway over the Queanbeyan River, in Queanbeyan
Queanbeyan River is located in Australian Capital Territory
Queanbeyan River
Location of the Queanbeyan River mouth in the ACT
EtymologyAboriginal (Ngarigu): "clearwater"[2]
State/terr., New South Wales, Australian Capital Territory
RegionSouth Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro, Capital Country
Local government areasCooma-Monaro, Queanbeyan
Physical characteristics
SourceGourock Range
 - locationeast of Bredbo, New South Wales
 - coordinates35°56′24″S 149°27′35″E / 35.94000°S 149.45972°E / -35.94000; 149.45972
 - elevation1,260 m (4,130 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Molonglo River
 - locationOaks Estate, Australian Capital Territory
 - coordinates35°20′13″S 149°13′51″E / 35.33694°S 149.23083°E / -35.33694; 149.23083Coordinates: 35°20′13″S 149°13′51″E / 35.33694°S 149.23083°E / -35.33694; 149.23083
 - elevation567 m (1,860 ft)
Length104 km (65 mi)
Basin size96,000 km2 (37,000 sq mi)
Basin features
River systemMurrumbidgee catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
ReservoirsGoogong Reservoir, Queanbeyan Weir

Queanbeyan River, a perennial stream[1] in New South Wales, Australia. It is part of the Molonglo catchment. The catchment is in the Murray-Darling Basin. The river is in the Monaro and Capital Country regions of New South Wales. The river is 104 kilometres (65 mi) in length. The river catchment is 96,000 hectares (240,000 acres). The Queanbeyan River and the Cotter River meet the potable water supply needs of the Canberra and Queanbeyan region. The two regions' water quality is protected under federal legislation.

It is said the Aboriginal Ngarigo people used a word that sounded like queanbeyan to name the river. The word meant "clearwater".[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Queanbeyan River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 1 August 1969. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Queanbeyan". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 4 December 1977. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
  3. "Map of Queanbeyan River". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 21 January 2013.

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