Sale River

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Sale River
Origin Spong Pyramid
Mouth Doubtful Bay, Timor Sea
Basin countries Australia
Length 109 kilometres (68 mi)
Source elevation 275 metres (902 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation Sea level
Basin area 1,438 square kilometres (555 sq mi)[2]

The Sale River is a river in the Kimberley of the Australian state of Western Australia. The river was discovered and named on 9 June 1865 by an expedition from the short-lived Camden Harbor settlement (in Camden Sound) searching for pastoral land. The expedition comprised Treverton Charles Sholl, Alexander Joseph McRae, PC W. Gee, John Stainer and native constable Billy.[3]

The headwaters of the river rise near Spong Pyramid at the southern edge of the Elizabeth and Catherine Range and flow in a westerly direction before discharging into Doubtful Bay near Storr Island. The only tributary to the Sale is the Berckelman River.

The mouth of the Sale River at Doubtful Bay has a depth of about 30 metres (98 ft) but the mouth itself is blocked by a rock bar at low tide. Cruise boats regularly enter the river from the bay and many anchorages exist along the length of the river with gorges and sandy beaches that are popular with tourists.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Sale River". 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest". CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Friday September 15, 1865". Perth Gazette and W.A. Times. 15 Sep 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 14 Aug 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kimberley Cruising - Sale River". 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 15°58′21″S 124°35′44″E / 15.97250°S 124.59556°E / -15.97250; 124.59556