Hopkins River

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Hopkins Falls, near Wangoom

The Hopkins River is a river in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It begins near Ararat, and enters Bass Strait at Warrnambool. It is one of two rivers flowing through Warrnambool, the other is the Merri River.

The major tributaries of the Hopkins are Mount Emu Creek flowing for 250 km from north of Trawalla to its confluence upstream from Allansford, and Salt Creek the main outflow from Lake Bolac.

The river was named by Major Thomas Mitchell after a friend, Sir John Paul Hopkins, in 1836.[1][2] [3]


  1. ^ Mitchell, Thomas (1838), Three Expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 2, London: Boone 
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (Alexander Wyclif) (1973), Place names of Australia, Frenchs Forest: Reed Books, ISBN 0-7301-0051-0 , cited in Bird (2006)
  3. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original on 2011-02-09. Retrieved 2011-02-10. 

Coordinates: 38°24′S 142°31′E / 38.400°S 142.517°E / -38.400; 142.517