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Over 140km in length, the Tuross river flows north, east and northeast generally. Rising in the eastern slopes of Kybeyan range as apart of the Great Dividing Range, Tuross catchment has 13 tributaries.


Tuross locality map

The Tuross catchment is located on the New South Wales south coast with an area of 2,180km2.

Major towns

Narooma, Tuross Heads and Bodalla.

Rivers and tributaries

The Wandella Creek is a tributary of the Tuross River.

Real-time flow data

The department monitors the condition of river systems in NSW and provides regular updates on water levels, rainfall, water temperature and electrical conductivity.

View real-time data from the Tuross catchment on this website.

Major water storage

Most of the rivers and creeks in the Tuross River Basin are unregulated, with no major storages to capture and control flows.

Major water users

Eurobodalla Shire Council, forestry, agriculture and oyster farming.

Key water management issue

Since there are no major storages to capture and control flows, most water users rely on natural flows or small structures, such as weirs for their water supplies. As in most unregulated rivers, flows are mostly affected during relatively dry times, when water is low and demand is high. The management of lands along river and creek banks is an important issue that can affect water flow and quality. For example, cattle grazing can damage sensitive riverbank vegetation resulting in erosion. Development along the coastal fringe can alter natural waterways and increase water pollution.

Water sharing plans

To preserve water resources in river and groundwater systems for the long term it is critical to balance the competing needs of the environment and water users. Water sharing plans establish rules for sharing water between the environmental needs of the river or aquifer and water users, and also between different types of water use such as town supply, rural domestic supply, stock watering, industry and irrigation.

Visit water sharing plans for a status update.

Under the Water Management Act 2000 all water sharing plans are required to have performance indicators to assess whether the plans have been effective in meeting their objectives. The Environmental flow response and socio-economic monitoring. South Coast - progress report 2010 (PDF, 4362.87 KB) summarises activities undertaken in the previous water year and provides an interim assessment of outcomes from the investigations.