Pallinup River

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Pallinup River
Origin South of Katanning
Mouth Beaufort Inlet
Basin countries Australia
Length 250 kilometres (155 mi)
Source elevation 323 metres (1,060 ft)[1]
Avg. discharge 24,800 ML/year [2]
Basin area 4,795 square kilometres (1,851 sq mi)

Pallinup River is a river located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The Pallinup rises near Kokodarrup River and flows in a south easterly direction toward the coast passing through Kybelup Pool and discharging into the Southern Ocean via Beaufort Inlet.

The river is one of the longest rivers in the region and its tributaries flow through the towns of Borden and Gnowangerup.

The local Noongar people also know the river as the Mara River and it is regarded as a place of historical importance as the Noongar have camped, fished and traded along the banks of the river for generations.[3]

The river is ephemeral and the estuary at Beaufort inlet can be closed to the sea for long period of time by a sand bar in the channel.[4]

The water in the river is considered to be saline and explains why the river was also known as the Salt River [5] with salinity levels varying from 3 when the river is flowing to over 50‰ in pools during summer.


The Pallinup has many tributaries including Warperup Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pendenup Creek, Peendebup Creek, Monjebup Creek and Corackerup Creek. No potable surface water sources are present in the Pallinup the water quality ranges from brackish to saline. The best quality water streams exist in the Stirling Range National Park area of the catchment.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Pallinup River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "South Coast Rivercare - Pallinup". 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  3. ^ "The Nature Conservancy - G'day from Gondwana Link in Australia". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Aussie Heritage - Beaufort Inlet Area". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Department of Environment - Parantechinus apicalis — Dibbler". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 

Coordinates: 34°27′42.69″S 118°51′10.24″E / 34.4618583°S 118.8528444°E / -34.4618583; 118.8528444