Cumberland River (Victoria)

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For the river in the Southern United States, see Cumberland River.
Coordinates: 38°34′35″S 143°56′57″E / 38.57639°S 143.94917°E / -38.57639; 143.94917
Name origin: Duke of Cumberland; or the schooner Cumberland[2][3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
 - left Gavey Creek
Landmarks Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - location below Mount Defiance
 - elevation 183 m (600 ft)
 - coordinates 38°34′59″S 143°49′37″E / 38.58306°S 143.82694°E / -38.58306; 143.82694
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location south of Lorne
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°34′35″S 143°56′57″E / 38.57639°S 143.94917°E / -38.57639; 143.94917
Length 8 km (5 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Location of the Cumberland River mouth
in Victoria

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

Location and features[edit]

The Cumberland River rises below Mount Defiance in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria and flows generally east towards the locality of The Brothers where the river reaches its mouth and empties into Bass Strait, northeast of Cape Otway and to the south of Lorne. From its highest point, the river descends 183 metres (600 ft) over its 8-kilometre (5.0 mi) course.[4]


The river was probably named by surveyor George Smythe in 1846, either for the Duke of Cumberland or for the schooner Cumberland in which Charles Grimes explored Port Phillip and King Island in 1802 - 03.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Cumberland River: 3333". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Blake, Les (1977), Place names of Victoria, Adelaide: Rigby, p. 294, ISBN 0-7270-0250-3 
  3. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "Map of Cumberland River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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