Wye River (Victoria)

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This article is about the river in Victoria, Australia, Australia. For the settlement located near the river's mouth, see Wye River, Victoria.
For other uses, see River Wye (disambiguation).
Coordinates: 38°37′49″S 143°50′48″E / 38.63028°S 143.84667°E / -38.63028; 143.84667
Wye
River[1]
Wye river.jpg
The estuary of the Wye
Name origin: River Wye[2]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
Landmarks Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - elevation 601 m (1,972 ft)
 - coordinates 38°36′3″S 143°47′44″E / 38.60083°S 143.79556°E / -38.60083; 143.79556
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location Wye River (town)
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°37′49″S 143°50′48″E / 38.63028°S 143.84667°E / -38.63028; 143.84667
Length 11 km (7 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Waterfall Wye River Falls
Location of the Wye River mouth
in Victoria
[1][3]

The Wye River is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in The Otways region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Wye River rises in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria and flows generally east towards the town of Wye River where the river reaches its mouth and empties into Bass Strait, north of Cape Otway. From its highest point, the river descends 601 metres (1,972 ft) over its 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) course.[3]

Etymology[edit]

The river was named by surveyor George Smythe and is derived from one of the rivers of the same name in the United Kingdom.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Wye River: 8932". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original on 9 February 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Wye River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 

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