Durack River

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Durack River
Origin Durack Range
Mouth Cambridge Gulf
Basin countries Australia
Length 306 kilometres (190 mi) [1]
Source elevation 563 metres (1,847 ft) [2]
Mouth elevation sea level
Avg. discharge 408,400 ML/year
Basin area 4,088 square kilometres (1,578 sq mi)[3]

Durack River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The river rises below the Durack Range then flows north discharging into the west arm of Cambridge Gulf.

There are 14 tributaries of the Durack including; Chapman River, Wood River, Ellenbrae Creek, Royston Creek, Koolawerii Creek and Wilson Creek.

The river was named in 1882 by the surveyor John Pentecost after explorer and Kimberley pioneer Michael Durack who was the first European to cross the river.

The traditional owners of the area that the river flows through are the Kitja, Ola and Wilawila peoples.[4]


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 7 December 2008. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Durack River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Government of Western Australia Department of Water - Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites". 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008. 
  4. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 30 April 2012. 

Coordinates: 16°20′34″S 127°9′44″E / 16.34278°S 127.16222°E / -16.34278; 127.16222