Quaama is a village in the Bega Valley Shire, in the South Coast region of New South Wales, Australia. The village is located along the Princes Highway between Cobargo and Brogo, 30 km north of the town of Bega. It had a resident population of 281 at the 2016 Census.[1]

The village was formerly known as Dry River (a name linked to the nearby Dry River) until the early 1900s, and was later known as "Quaamaa"; the present spelling was assigned in 1999.[2] Many of Quaama's important community buildings have a long history: the Quaama Public School was founded in 1877,[3] the School of Arts was established in 1902,[4] and the local Anglican church celebrated its centenary in 2007.[5] Quaama also has a general store with a post office, and a bushfire brigade.[4][6]

It is also the hometown of Australian international netball player Susan Pratley.[7] In the bushfires of 2019 homes and rural properties and livestock were destroyed.


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Quaama (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 4 February 2018. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Quaama". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 25 November 2011. Edit this at Wikidata
  3. ^ "Quaama Public School: Our School". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  4. ^ a b "AusEmade Travel Information Destination Guide: Quaama, NSW". Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  5. ^ "Bega District Diary". Bega District News. 7 December 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  6. ^ "New station for Quaama brigade". Bega District News. 15 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.
  7. ^ "Humble beginnings of a shooting star". The Sydney Morning Herald. 25 November 2011. Retrieved 25 November 2011.

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