Where is the Snowy River located?
The Snowy River is a major river in south-eastern Australia. It originates on the slopes of Mount Kosciuszko, Australia\'s highest mainland peak, draining the eastern slopes of the Snowy Mountains in New South Wales, before flowing through the Snowy River National Park in Victoria and emptying into Bass Strait. Up until the mid 20th century, the river was notable for its high volume of fresh water, wide reach and large rapids.
While the river\'s course and surroundings have remained almost entirely unchanged, the majority of it being protected by the Snowy River National Park, its flow was drastically reduced in the mid 20th century, to less than 1%, after the construction of various dams and reservoirs at its headwaters in New South Wales, as part of the Snowy Mountains Scheme. From 2002 to 2008 the flow was increased from 1% to 4%, however targets of 15% by 2009 and 21% by 2012 are unlikely to be met.
The poem The Man from Snowy River, set on the river and its surrounds, ...more