The Snowy River originates on the slopes of Mount Kosciuszko. It drains the eastern slopes of the Snowy Mountains in NSW before flowing through the Snowy River National Park in Victoria and into Bass Strait.
The Snowy River and its tributaries continue to be an important place for Traditional Owners and their Nations. This includes the Gunaikurnai, the Maneroo-Ngarigo, the Bidwell Maap, the southern Monero people (Monero-Ngarigo / Yuin / Bolga), the Wongalu and the Wiradjuri people.
In recognition of Traditional Owner groups, five highflow releases to the Snowy River in 2017–18 were given Aboriginal names: Djuran (running water), Waawii (water spirit), Billa bidgee kaap (big water season), Wai-garl (river blackfish) and Bundrea Nooruun Bundbararn (waterhole big lizard).