The Upper Murray
“The Man From Snowy River” country
of North-Eastern Victoria & Southern NSW
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The NSW Upper

Tributaries of the

Murray River

The Swampy Plains River

The Swampy Plains River, in part also known as the Geehi River, originates in the southern foothills of Mt. Jagungal, northwest of Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia's highest mountain. Most of its catchment is contained within the Kosciuszko National Park .The most accessible part of this river to the general public is at Geehi, where the Alpine Way crosses over the river. The upper Swampy Plains River is a fly fishing only waterway. To fish here a New South Wales inland fishing license is required. Fishing in this river is seasonal and is open to fishing between the NSW Labour Day weekend in early October and the Queens Birthday weekend in June. At two different points along the Swampy Plains River there are man-made reservoirs, the Geehi Reservoir and the Murray 2 and Khancoban Pondages.  These water storages were created to control water flow through two of the larger power stations in the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme, Murray 1 and Murray 2. Geehi Reservoir is accessed off the Alpine Way at a marked access road between Khancoban and Geehi. From this point it is 25 kilometres drive along unsealed road. The Murray 2 Pondage, located beside the Murray 1 Power Station, is a short drive off the Alpine Way, 10 km from Khancoban.
The Khancoban Pondage is easily accessed at Khancoban. It not only stores water before being released into the Murray River system but it is a great place for water-based recreation. All reservoirs are open to fishing year round, though winter snowfall in the Kosciuszko National Park may close the access track to Geehi Reservoir.

The Tooma River

The Tooma River begins in the northeastern foothills of Mt. Jagungal in the Snowy Mountains and initially flows north through the Jagungal Wilderness, then west before changing direction and flowing south west into the Murray River, about halfway between Towong and Tintaldra, approximately 50 km from its source. Built on the Tooma River, the Tooma Reservoir was created as part of the Snowy Mountains Hydro Electric Scheme in order to divert water from the Tooma River to the Tumut Pondage, located further north on the Tumut River. This water is used to generate electricity at three power stations, Tumut 1, 2 and 3, and then is released into the Murrumbidgee River basin. This diversion of water from one river catchment to another is compensated with an opposite transfer of water from the Murrumbidgee to the Murray River basin via another section of the Scheme. Easy access to Tooma Reservoir is available on the Swampy Plains Creek Road in the warmer months, however this road is closed during the winter months and therefore is not publicly available between the Queens Birthday weekend in June until the first weekend in October.