Howqua River

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Howqua
River
Country Australia
State Victoria
Region South-east Australia
Tributaries
 - left Dungeon Gully Creek, Stockyard Creek, Little Buller Creek, Black Dog Creek
 - right Lickhole Creek
Landmark Mount Howitt
Source Australian Alps
 - location Great Dividing Range
 - elevation 1,680 m (5,512 ft)
Mouth
 - location Lake Eildon, Goulburn River, Australia
 - elevation 265 m (869 ft)
Length 65.6 km (40.8 mi)

The Howqua River is a river in south-eastern Australia. It originates on the slopes of Mount Howitt before flowing through the Alpine National Park in Victoria. It empties into Lake Eildon on the Goulburn River, itself a tributary of the Murray River which drains into the ocean in South Australia.

Cultural references[edit]

The Howqua valley was seasonally occupied by the Taungurong people with the valley being a major route for trade or war between tribes in the area.[1] The Howqua River valley contains a number of archaeological sites of significance including at least two quarry sites for greenstone, an exceptionally hard rock used for stone axes, spears and other cutting tools which the Taungurong traded with other tribes.[2]

The character of Billy Slim in Nevil Shute's 1952 novel The Far Country was based on Fred Fry, a notable fly fisherman, who constructed several huts along the Howqua River and eked out a quiet existence in the river valley.[3]

The Howqua River was one of just thirteen locations worldwide featured on the fly fishing documentary television series A River Somewhere.[4]

Howqua River at Tunnel Bend. Photo by Takver.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wonnangatta-Moroka Planning Unit, Alpine National Park Management Plan, Department of Conservation and Environment, September 1992, p68
  2. ^ Wonnangatta-Moroka Planning Unit, Alpine National Park Management Plan, Department of Conservation and Environment, September 1992, p69
  3. ^ "Howqua Hills Historic Area, Visitors Guide", Park Notes (Parks Victoria), November 2011, retrieved 2012-03-04 
  4. ^ "A River Somewhere - Series 1 and 2". ABC Shop Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 December 2010. 

Coordinates: 37°14′S 146°08′E / 37.233°S 146.133°E / -37.233; 146.133