Bemm River

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This article is about the watercourse. For the locality and township on this river, see Bemm River, Victoria.
Coordinates: 37°45′52″S 148°58′37″E / 37.76444°S 148.97694°E / -37.76444; 148.97694
Bemm (Binn)
River[1]
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Mouth of the Bemm River at Sydenham Inlet, 2006.
Name origin: Aboriginal (Gunai): binn or birn meaning "fish hawk"[1]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Corner (IBRA), East Gippsland
Local government area Shire of East Gippsland
Part of East Gippsland catchment
Tributaries
 - left Pyramid Creek, Dinah Creek, Jungle Creek, Summer Creek
 - right Nixon Creek, Goolengook River, Crabhole Creek, McKenzie River (Victoria), Bellbird Creek
Town Bemm River
Source confluence Errinundra River and Combienbar River
 - location Boulder Flat
 - elevation 165 m (541 ft)
 - coordinates 37°28′34″S 148°55′39″E / 37.47611°S 148.92750°E / -37.47611; 148.92750
Mouth Sydenham Inlet, Bass Strait
 - location Cape Conran Coastal Park
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 37°45′52″S 148°58′37″E / 37.76444°S 148.97694°E / -37.76444; 148.97694
Length 58 km (36 mi)
National park Cape Conran CP
Waterfall Bemm River Falls
Nature reserve Bemm River Scenic Reserve
Mouth of the Bemm River in Victoria
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The Bemm River is a perennial river, located in the East Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Errinundra and Combienbar rivers, the Bemm River rises below near Boulder Flat, northwest of the town of Cann River. The river flows generally south then south by east, through the Bemm River Scenic Reserve and the Cape Conran Coastal Park, joined by the Goolengook and McKenzie rivers and six minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth with Bass Strait via Sydenham Inlet in the Shire of East Gippsland, near the settlement of Bemm River. The river descends 165 metres (541 ft) over its 58 kilometres (36 mi) course.[2]

The catchment area comprises mainly public land, including Errinundra National Park and the Lind National Park. These areas have a broad range of ecosystems including cool and warm temperate rainforest, ancient wet eucalypt forest, coastal heathland and banksia woodland. The Bemm River catchment area is managed by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.

Etymology[edit]

The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal words binn or birn of the Gunai people, meaning "fish hawk".[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Bemm River: 10400". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Bemm River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 

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