Balla Balla River
|Balla Balla River|
|Origin||near Whim Creek|
|Length||30 kilometres (19 mi)|
|Source elevation||68 metres (223 ft)|
|Mouth elevation||sea level|
The river rises on the southern side of Yirrakulanna Hills and flows in a north-easterly direction crossing the North West Coastal Highway near the Stranger mine at Whim Creek then finally discharging into Balla Balla harbour, near Depuch Island in the Indian Ocean.
The river is ephemeral and can be completely dry in the summer months, but during periodic flood events the water level can rise over 5.5 metres (18 ft). The riparian vegetation is dominated by River Red Gums.
The river has three tributaries including; Whim Creek, Louden Creek and Caporn Creek.
The river name was recorded in 1878 by John Forrest, who was surveying the area at the time. The name is believed to be aboriginal in origin and is thought to come from the Kanyarra word Parla which means mud.
The area to the west of the river contains potentially economic deposits of magnetite.
- "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Balla Balla River". 2010. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- "EPA Report - Balla Balla Magnetite Project". 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 3 September 2011.
- "Ausanthrop tribal database - Ngarluma". 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2010.
- "Morowa Historical Society - Ghosttowns of Western Australia". 2000. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
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