Gordon River (Western Australia)

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Gordon River
Origin near Broomehill
Mouth Frankland River
Basin countries Australia
Length 121 kilometres (75 mi)
Source elevation 344 metres (1,129 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation 207 metres (679 ft)
Basin area 4,652 square kilometres (1,796 sq mi) [2]

The Gordon River is a river in the Great Southern of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise below Three Wells near Broomehill. The river flows in a south-westerly direction parallel with the Great Southern Highway as far as Tambellup then veers westward and crosses the Albany Highway north of Cranbrook and discharges into the Frankland River of which it is a tributary.

The river flows through a number of pools during its journey including; Balbalingup Pool, Ballingup Pool, Boyacup Pool and Poolyup Pool.

The river has four tributaries; Wadjekanup River, Cowenup Brook, Slab Hut Gully and Uannup Brook.

The river was named in 1835 by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe during an expedition from Perth to Albany. The river is named after George Hamilton Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen, who later became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[3]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Gordon River". 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  2. ^ "Bureau of Meteorology - Frnklnd River July 2008 River Basin Summary". 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Retrieved 5 September 2011. 

Coordinates: 34°12′32″S 116°59′57″E / 34.20889°S 116.99917°E / -34.20889; 116.99917