Acheron River (Victoria)

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Acheron (Agaroon, Nyaggeron, Ngaragon, Niagaroon[1])
Name origin: Greek Akheron or akhos, meaning "distress"[1]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South Eastern Highlands bioregion (IBRA), Northern Country/North Central
Local government area Murrindindi
Part of Goulburn Broken catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
 - left Robbie Creek, Mill Creek (Victoria), Health Creek, Connelly Creek
 - right Dip Creek, Little Steavenson River, Steavenson River, Cerberus Creek, Little River (Cathedral Range)
Towns Buxton, Taggerty
Source Yarra Ranges, Great Dividing Range
 - location below The Knobs
 - elevation 637 m (2,090 ft)
 - coordinates 37°30′04″S 145°40′30″E / 37.50111°S 145.67500°E / -37.50111; 145.67500
Mouth confluence with the Goulburn River
 - location at Acheron near Alexandra
 - elevation 190 m (623 ft)
 - coordinates 37°14′39″S 145°42′24″E / 37.24417°S 145.70667°E / -37.24417; 145.70667Coordinates: 37°14′39″S 145°42′24″E / 37.24417°S 145.70667°E / -37.24417; 145.70667
Length 84 km (52 mi)
National park Yarra Ranges National Park
Acheron River (Victoria) is located in Victoria
Acheron River (Victoria)
Location of the Acheron River mouth in Victoria

The Acheron River , a minor inland perennial river of the Goulburn Broken catchment, part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the lower South Eastern Highlands bioregion and Northern Country/North Central regions of the Australian state of Victoria. The headwaters of the Acheron River rise on the north–western slopes of the Yarra Ranges, below The Knobs and descend to flow into the Goulburn River near Alexandra.

Location and features[edit]

The river rises below The Knobs on the north–western slopes of the Yarra Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range, within the Yarra Ranges National Park. The flows generally north by west, much of its course following the path of the Acheron Way, through rugged national park as the river descends, then north, joined by nine tributaries including the Steavenson, Little Steavenson, and Little rivers, before reaching its confluence with the Goulburn River at the settlement of Acheron, south of the town of Alexandra. The river descends 447 metres (1,467 ft) over its 84-kilometre (52 mi) course.[3]

The river is crossed by the Maroondah Highway north of the locale of St Fillans, and again at the settlement of Taggerty.


In Australian Aboriginal languages, the river is variously named Agaroon, Nyaggeron, Ngaragon, and Niagaroon with no defined meanings for each of the words.[1]

The origin of the river's current name is thought to be derived from the Latin spelling of Greek Akheron or "River of Woe", from akhos, meaning "distress". The Acheron was one of the rivers of the underworld or Kingdom of Hades, and also the name of a river in Epirus, Greece.[1]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Acheron River: 9154: Historical Information". 12 August 2011. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  2. ^ "Acheron River: 9154". Vicnames. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 5 August 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Acheron River". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 5 August 2014.