Big River (Mitta Mitta River, Victoria)
Looking south over the Big River at the Bundara Campground near Anglers Rest, Victoria
|Origin||Spion Kopje, near Falls Creek (Australian Alps)
|Mouth||Mitta Mitta River
|Length||52.2 km (32.4 mi)|
The Big River is a river of Gippsland in eastern Victoria, Australia. It flows from the northern slopes of Falls Creek in the Australian Alps, joining with the Cobungra River near Anglers Rest to form the Mitta Mitta River.
The river flows north off Spion Kopje, then east in the valley between Spion Kopje and Victoria's highest peak, Mount Bogong (1,986 m (6,516 ft)), separating Mount Bogong itself from the Bogong High Plains. The river then flows south-southeast, forming the eastern edge of the national park, before turning southward near the Omeo Highway crossing around Glen Valley, 16 km north of Anglers Rest.
The Omeo Highway then closely follows the course of the Big River until the point where the Bundara River enters it, about 2 km north of Anglers Rest. Shortly downstream from this, near Anglers Rest, the Big River confluences with the Cobungra River, with the two rivers becoming the Mitta Mitta River, itself a tributary of the Murray River.
Key tributaries of the Big River include Cairn Creek, Beckraith Creek, Camp Creek, Hollonds Creek, Dead Horse Creek, Middle Creek, Glen Wills Creek, Wallaby Creek, Burnside Creek, and the Bundara River.
The main tributaries flow off the northern slopes of Spion Kopje, the southern slopes of Mount Bogong, the north, east, and west slopes of Mount Nelse (1,882 m (6,175 ft)) and Mount Nelse North (1,885 m (6,184 ft)), the eastern slopes of Mount Cope (1,837 m (6,027 ft)), and the western slopes of Mount Wills (1,750 m (5,741 ft)) and The Knocker (1,506 m (4,941 ft)).
Most of the waterways in the Mitta Mitta basin are recognised as being in good to excellent condition. Extensive forest covers much of the catchment area. Despite some land clearing and livestock damage to river banks, the aquatic habitat is generally very good. The upper Big River above the Glen Valley is classified as a "Representative River of East Victorian dissected uplands".
In early 2003, large areas of forest around the Big River and its catchments were severely impacted by the massive Eastern Victorian alpine bushfires. These fires burnt through hundreds of square kilometres of the area's bushland for close to two months. The damage resulting from the fires impacted river health for some time after the fires.
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