A canoeing expedition on the Drysdale River.
|Mouth||Napier Broome Bay|
|Length||432 kilometres (268 mi) |
|Source elevation||329 metres (1,079 ft) |
|Mouth elevation||sea level|
|Avg. discharge||1,080,553 ML/year|
|Basin area||26,019 square kilometres (10,046 sq mi)|
The river rises in the Caroline Ranges, flows in a northerly direction and discharges into Napier Broome Bay near Kalumburu. The river contains several permanent pools some of which have several examples of Indigenous Australian art known as Bradshaw paintings that can be found along the cliff faces.
Notable waterfalls on the river are the Eagle Falls - which are regularly visited by Kimberley coastal cruise ships, Solea Falls north of the Johnston Creek fork and Bango Falls on the tributary Bango Creek.
The river was named after the Director of a Victorian Squatting Company T.A. Drysdale by explorer Charles Burrowes in 1886.
- Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Drysdale River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- "Department of Water - Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites- Drysdale River Solea Falls". 2008. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- "Australian Natural Resource Atlas - Landscape - carbon, nutrients, water and productivity - Drysdale River". 2007. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- "Bradshaw Foundation - Rock Art Archives". 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
- "National Water commission - Regional Water Resource Assessment - Drysdale River". 2005. Retrieved 16 December 2008.
- "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012.
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