Aire River (Victoria)

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This article is about the waterway in Victoria, Australia. For the river in Yorkshire, England, see River Aire. For other uses, see Aire.
Coordinates: 38°48′26″S 143°27′32″E / 38.80722°S 143.45889°E / -38.80722; 143.45889
Aire
River[1]
Aire River.jpg
The Great Ocean Walk across the Aire River, in 2007.
Name origin: After the River Aire.[2]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
Tributaries
 - left Redwater Creek
 - right Young Creek (Victoria), Little Aire Creek
Landmark Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - location near Beech Forest
 - elevation 554 m (1,818 ft)
 - coordinates 38°38′42″S 143°38′25″E / 38.64500°S 143.64028°E / -38.64500; 143.64028
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location west of Cape Otway
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°48′26″S 143°27′32″E / 38.80722°S 143.45889°E / -38.80722; 143.45889
Length 40 km (25 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Waterfall Hopetoun Falls
Location of the Aire River mouth
in Victoria
[1][3]

The Aire River is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in The Otways region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

Horse teams used in 1948 to unblock the river mouth to prevent salt water being deposited on the arable river flats

The Aire River rises below the Otway Ranges in a remote forestry area southeast of the locality of Beech Forest. The river generally flows west by south then south through the Great Otway National Park, joined by three minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth and emptying into Bass Strait west of Cape Otway.[4][5][6] The river descends 555 metres (1,821 ft) over its 40 kilometres (25 mi) course;[3] including a 49 metres (161 ft) descent over the Hopetoun Falls in its upper reaches, located at an elevation of 314 metres (1,030 ft) above sea level.[7]

The river is traversed by the Great Ocean Road and the Great Ocean Walk near the river's mouth.[3]

It was named by the surveyor George Smythe after the River Aire in Yorkshire, England.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Aire River: 33". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c "Map of Aire River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Aire River (East): Great Otway National Park". Parks Victoria. Government of Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aire River (West): Great Otway National Park". Parks Victoria. Government of Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Aire Crossing: Great Otway National Park". Parks Victoria. Government of Victoria. 2014. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  7. ^ "Map of Hopetoun Falls, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

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