Bundara River

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Bundara River
Bundara River upstream near Anglers Rest, Vic, jjron, 6.06.2009.jpg
Bundara River looking upstream from the Omeo Highway north of Anglers Rest, Victoria
Origin Australian Alps, east of Mount Hotham
36°57′S 147°14′E / 36.950°S 147.233°E / -36.950; 147.233
Mouth Big River
36°58′43″S 147°29′39″E / 36.97861°S 147.49417°E / -36.97861; 147.49417
Basin countries Australia
Length 30.2 km (18.8 mi)

The Bundara River (formerly known as the Bundara Mungee River and the Bundarah River)[1] is a river of Gippsland in eastern Victoria, Australia. It rises east of Mount Hotham and Mount Loch in the Australian Alps, and flows into the Big River about 2 km north of Anglers Rest.[2]


The Bundara River rises east of the ski resort at Mount Hotham (1,868 m (6,129 ft)) and Mount Loch (1,887 m (6,191 ft)), in the Alpine National Park[2] at an elevation of 1,420 m (4,659 ft).

Omeo Highway crossing the Bundara River near Anglers Rest

The river flows in an easterly direction, travelling through the national park for most of its course. About 2 km north of Anglers Rest the Omeo Highway crosses over it, and about 100 m north of this crossing it flows into the Big River at an elevation of 650 m (2,133 ft). The Big River itself confluences with the Cobungra River just south of this point to form the Mitta Mitta River.[2]


Key tributaries of the Big River include High Plains Creek, Waterfall Creek, and Tea Tree Creek. The main tributaries flow off the southern slopes of Mount Jim (1,818 m (5,965 ft)), Mount Bundara (1,741 m (5,712 ft)) and Mount Cope (1,837 m (6,027 ft)), and the hills to the east of the main ridge of the Australian Alps.[2]

River health[edit]

Devastated bushland on the Bundara River near Anglers Rest resulting from the 2003 Eastern Victorian alpine bushfires

The Bundara River and its tributaries are generally protected within the Alpine National Park. 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.[3]

The Bundara River is noted as being particularly good for brown trout fishing. The Bundara River is part of the North East Catchment Management Authority's Victorian River Health Program, aimed at achieving healthy rivers.[3]

In early 2003, large areas of forest around the Bundara 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.[4][5] The damage resulting from the fires impacted river health for some time after the fires.


  1. ^ "Place Details". VICNAMES the Victorian Register of Geographic Names. Victorian Government, Department of Sustainability and Environment. Retrieved 12 April 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d Vicroads Country Street Directory of Victoria (4 ed.). Noble Park, Victoria: Royal Automobile Club of Victoria. 2000. ISSN 1329-5284. 
  3. ^ a b "A guide to inland angling waters of Victoria: Mitta Mitta basin". Department of Primary Industries website. State Government of Victoria. 11 January 2011. Retrieved 11 April 2011. 
  4. ^ "No end in sight for Victorian bushfires". The Age. 27 January 2003. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 
  5. ^ Noble, Tom (2 February 2003). "Razing Heaven". The Age. Retrieved 29 December 2010. 

Coordinates: 36°57′14″S 147°14′13″E / 36.95389°S 147.23694°E / -36.95389; 147.23694