Clyde River (New South Wales)
The Clyde River is a river on the south coast
South Coast, New South Wales
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 of New South Wales
New South Wales
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, Australia
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. The river was known to Indigenous Australians
Indigenous Australians
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 as the Bhundoo.

The Clyde rises in the Budawang Mountains about 30 kilometers inland from the coast behind Milton
Milton, New South Wales
Milton is a town in the City of Shoalhaven on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia, not far from Ulladulla. It was founded in the middle of the 19th century...

. It flows generally southwards parallel to the coast, before turning east and entering the sea at Batemans Bay
Batemans Bay, New South Wales
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. The lower reaches of the Clyde form a substantial estuary which is navigable by small vessels to Nelligen
Nelligen, New South Wales
Nelligen is a village on the Clyde River on the South Coast of New South Wales, Australia. It is located on the Kings Highway.-Location and services :The village is situated on the western bank of the River near a junction with Nelligen Creek,...


The river was named after the River Clyde
River Clyde
The River Clyde is a major river in Scotland. It is the ninth longest river in the United Kingdom, and the third longest in Scotland. Flowing through the major city of Glasgow, it was an important river for shipbuilding and trade in the British Empire....

 in Glasgow, UK, by Lieutenant Robert Johnson  who navigated the river aboard the cutter Snapper on 1 December 1821.
The Clyde River National Park
Clyde River National Park
Clyde River is a national park in south-eastern New South Wales between Batemans Bay and Nelligen. The park includes 9 km of river frontage to the Clyde River, bounded on three sides by the Clyde River and on the northeast side by the Kings Highway...

includes the lower reaches of the Clyde.

Water quality of the basin is very good. The upper catchment is heavily forested (State Forest and National Park); there is a small amount of logging in the Yadboro State Forest. There are no polluting industries in its catchment, nor any sewage outflows, and thus the river has a reputation for the cleanest, least polluted waters of any major river in Eastern Australia.

The river is one of the last major rivers in Eastern Australia that has not been dammed.
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