Wonnangatta River

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Coordinates: 37°34′41″S 147°22′8″E / 37.57806°S 147.36889°E / -37.57806; 147.36889
Wonnangatta (Wontwun,[1][2] WonnangaUa[3])
River[4]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions Australian Alps (IBRA), South East Corner (IBRA), Victorian Alps, East Gippsland
Local government areas Mansfield, Wellington, East Gippsland
Part of Mitchell River catchment
Tributaries
 - left Humffray River, Black Snake Creek, Wongungarra River, Dargo River
 - right Dry River, Conglomerate Creek, Moroka River, Scrubby Creek, Wombat Creek, Castleburn Creek, Bulgaback Creek
Source Mount Despair, Great Dividing Range
 - location east of Mansfield
 - elevation 1,220 m (4,003 ft)
 - coordinates 37°8′14″S 146°45′48″E / 37.13722°S 146.76333°E / -37.13722; 146.76333
Mouth confluence with the Wentworth River and Swamp Creek to form the Mitchell River
 - location Horseshoe Bend, north of Mitchell River National Park
 - elevation 137 m (449 ft)
 - coordinates 37°34′41″S 147°22′8″E / 37.57806°S 147.36889°E / -37.57806; 147.36889
Length 151 km (94 mi)
National park Alpine NP
Location of the Wonnangatta River mouth in Victoria
[4][5]

The Wonnangatta River is a perennial river of the Mitchell River catchment, located in the Alpine and East Gippsland regions of the Australian state of Victoria.

Features and location[edit]

The Wonnangatta River rises below Mount Despair, part of the Great Dividing Range, east of Mansfield in a remote state forestry protected area, called the Wonnangatta River Reference Area. The river flows generally south by east, in a highly meandering course, joined by eleven tributaries including the Dry, Humffray, Moroka, Wongungarra and Dargo rivers, before reaching its confluence with the Wentworth River and Swamp Creek to form the Mitchell River north of the Mitchell River National Park, in the Shire of East Gippsland. The river descends 1,110 metres (3,640 ft) over its 151-kilometre (94 mi) course.[5]

At the locality of Riverford, the Dargo Road traverses the river.[5]

Etymology[edit]

In the Australian Aboriginal Braiakaulung dialect of the Gunai language, there are two variant names for the Wonnangatta River; Wontwun;[1][2] and WonnangaUa.[3] Their meanings are not clearly defined.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wonnangatta River: 29753: Traditional Name: Wontwun". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Wonnangatta River: 29753: Traditional Name: Wontwun". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Wonnangatta River: 29753: Traditional Name: WonnangaUa". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Wonnangatta River: 29753". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 15 January 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Map of Wonnangatta River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 13 January 2014. 

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