Queanbeyan River

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Coordinates: 35°20′13″S 149°13′51″E / 35.33694°S 149.23083°E / -35.33694; 149.23083
Queanbeyan River
Burra Creek, Sallee Creek[1]
Perennial stream
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Road bridge carrying the Kings Highway over the Queanbeyan River, in Queanbeyan
Name origin: Aboriginal (Ngarigu): "clearwater"[2]
Country Australia
Regions South Eastern Highlands (IBRA), Monaro, Capital Country
Local government areas Cooma-Monaro, Queanbeyan
Part of Murrumbidgee River, Murray-Darling basin
City Queanbeyan
Source Gourock Range
 - location east of Bredbo, New South Wales
 - elevation 1,260 m (4,134 ft)
 - coordinates 35°56′24″S 149°27′35″E / 35.94000°S 149.45972°E / -35.94000; 149.45972
Mouth confluence with the Molonglo River
 - location Oaks Estate, Australian Capital Territory
 - elevation 567 m (1,860 ft)
 - coordinates 35°20′13″S 149°13′51″E / 35.33694°S 149.23083°E / -35.33694; 149.23083
Length 104 km (65 mi)
Basin 96,000 km² (37,066 sq mi)
Reservoirs Googong 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 7 November 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Queanbeyan". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. 4 December 1977. Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  3. "Map of Queanbeyan River". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 7 November 2014.

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