Wollangambe Creek[1]
Wollangambe River in the Blue Mountains, 2008.
StateNew South Wales
RegionSydney Basin (IBRA), Greater Blue Mountains Area
Local government areasLithgow, Blue Mountains
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
 • locationnear Newnes Junction
 • elevation924 m (3,031 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Colo River
 • location
west of Colo Heights
 • elevation
55 m (180 ft)
Length57 km (35 mi)
Basin features
River systemHawkesburyNepean catchment
 • leftBungleboori Creek, Nayook Creek
 • rightBowens Creek
National parksWollemi NP, Blue Mountains NP

The Wollangambe River, an Australian perennial river that is part of the HawkesburyNepean catchment within the Sydney Basin, is located in the Greater Blue Mountains Area of New South Wales.

Course and features

The Wollangambe River rises about 1 kilometre (0.62 mi) southeast of Happy Valley Springs, below Newnes Junction and within the Great Dividing Range. The river flows generally east and then north northeast, joined by three minor tributaries, mainly through rugged country that comprises Wollemi and Blue Mountains national parks. The river reaches its confluence with the Colo River west of Parsons Forest, near Colo Heights.[1] The river descends 869 metres (2,851 ft) over its 57-kilometre (35 mi) course.[2]

Environmental damage

Centennial Coal has been dumping mine effluent into the Wollangambe River for approximately 30 years, effectively killing large sections of it.[3]

In 2015, Centennial Coal released large amounts of coal fines into the Wollangambe River and World Heritage listed areas of the Blue Mountains National Park.[4]

See also


  1. ^ a b c "Wollangambe River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 11 August 2013. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ a b "Map of Wollangambe River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 June 2013.
  3. ^ Belmer, Nakia; Tippler, Carl; Davies, Peter J.; Wright, Ian A. "Impact of a coal mine waste discharge on water quality and aquatic ecosystems in the Blue Mountains World Heritage area" (PDF). Proceedings of the 7th Australian Stream Management Conference. Retrieved 18 September 2015.
  4. ^ "Clean up progressing for Wollangambe". NSW EPA. New South Wales Environment Protection Authority. 31 July 2015. Retrieved 18 September 2015.

Coordinates: 33°29′00″S 150°26′00″E / 33.48333°S 150.43333°E / -33.48333; 150.43333