Adcock River

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Adcock River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Philips Range
528 metres (1,732 ft)[1]
River mouth Fitzroy River
181 metres (594 ft)
Physical characteristics
Length 118 kilometres (73 mi)

The Adcock River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Philips Range near Qodesh then flow in a south-easterly direction parallel with the King Leopold Range and past Mount House, Mount Clifton and Mount Hamilton before merging with the Fitzroy River near Fitzroy Bluff.

The Adcock has three tributaries; Throssel River, Annie Creek and Walsh Creek.

The first European to discover the river was Frank Hann in 1898, who named the river after Charles and William Adcock of Derby: Hann explained, "Messrs Adcock Bros of Derby were very kind to me and provided exceedingly reasonable in the important matter of a supply of rations."[2]

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Nyikina peoples.[3]

Fish such as Greenway's grunter, the Flathead Goby and the False spotted gudgeon have been found within the river system.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Adcock River". 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 1 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ausanthrop - Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 28 April 2012. 
  4. ^ "National River Trust - Inland fish fauna of the Fitzroy river" (PDF). 2002. Retrieved 15 September 2010. 

Coordinates: 17°33′21″S 126°8′23″E / 17.55583°S 126.13972°E / -17.55583; 126.13972