Estuaries in NSW
Tuross River and Lake
|Next South||Next North|
|Lake Brunderee||Coila Lake|
|Tuross River and Lake|
|Area Catchment||2150 km2|
|Waterway Area||13 km2|
|Entrance Characteristics||Open and untrained|
|Location (Lat-Long)||36.067S , 150.135E|
|Distance (from Sydney)||330 km South|
|Summary of Available Data||Data Pages|
The estuary forms a complex system of shallow interconnecting channels and lakes - the river varies in depth between 1 and 3 m with the main lake 2 to 4 m deep. The town of Tuross Head is located north of the entrance. Although the entrance is subject to wave power and littoral drift rates that might suggest a closed or mostly closed condition, the large waterway area and runoff provide sufficiently strong inlet flows to maintain a permanently open entrance against these beach building processes. The tidal limit in the Tuross River is located at Comerang 19 km from the entrance, or 9 km upstream from the Princes Highway bridge north of Bodalla.
Significant Estuarine Tributaries
Bumbo Creek And Lake
Population and Holiday Centres
- Amateur fishing is reported to be good with the usual run of bream, luderick and mullet.
- Good water-skiing.
- Tuross Lake (including Tuross River and Borang Lake) has been declared a recreational fishing haven.
- Significant oyster producer.
The spatial data is reproduced from NSW Fisheries(2006/7) studies, whilst the species makeup is from the West et al.(1985). This map shows the spatial extent of the Estuarine Vegetation.
R.J. Williams, G. West, D. Morrison and R.G. Creese, (2006),
"Estuarine Resources of New South Wales",
prepared for the Comprehensive Coastal Assessment (DoP) by the NSW Department of Primary Industries, Port Stephens.
R.J. West, C.A. Thorogood, T.R. Walford and R.J. Williams. (1985).
"An Estuarine Inventory for New South Wales, Australia".
Fisheries Bulletin 2. Department of Agriculture, New South Wales.
oyster, boating, tourism, extraction
This estuary falls in the area covered by Southern Rivers Catchment Management Authority.
Tuross River and Lake
Eurobodalla Shire Council has formed the Tuross River / Coila Lake Estuary Management Committee to prepare and implement an Estuary Management Plan for both the Tuross and Coila estuaries.
- Entrance shoaling can have an adverse impact upon the local oyster industry due to both reduced tidal range within the system and reduced tidal flushing.
- Substantial shoaling in the Tuross River, limiting water access.
- Foreshore and riparian management, particularly where livestock have access to the waterway.
- Barriers to tidal flow and fish passage.
The Estuary Management Process 2
|Form Estuary Management Committee (EMC)||completed|
|Assemble Existing Data||completed|
|Carryout Process Study||completed|
|Carryout Estuary Management Study||completed|
|Draft Estuary Management Plan||commenced|
|Review Estuary Management Plan||none|
|Implement Estuary Management Plan||none|
|Monitor and Review Estuary Management Process||none|
|Eurobodalla Shire Council||Catherine Potter|
|Ph (02) 4474 1211|
Local Government Areas
NSW 1:25000 Map Name(s)