Albert River (Victoria)

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Albert (Lurt'bit[1][2])
Name origin: In honour of Prince Albert[4][5]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), South Gippsland
Local government area Shire of Wellington
Part of West Gippsland catchment
 - left Jack River
 - right Billy Creek (Victoria)
Source Strzelecki Ranges
 - location below Madalya
 - elevation 212 m (696 ft)
 - coordinates 37°53′22″S 146°20′45″E / 37.88944°S 146.34583°E / -37.88944; 146.34583
Mouth Corner Inlet, Bass Strait
 - location near Port Albert
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°29′42″S 146°26′51″E / 38.49500°S 146.44750°E / -38.49500; 146.44750Coordinates: 38°29′42″S 146°26′51″E / 38.49500°S 146.44750°E / -38.49500; 146.44750
Length 39 km (24 mi)
Waterfall Albert River Falls
Albert River (Victoria) is located in Victoria
Albert River (Victoria)
Mouth of the Albert River in Victoria

The Albert River is a perennial river of the West Gippsland catchment, located in the South Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Course and features[edit]

The Albert River rises below Madalya, on the eastern slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges, in a state forestry area. The river flows in a highly meandering course generally east by south, joined by the Jack River and one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth and emptying into the Corner Inlet of Bass Strait near the town of Port Albert in the Shire of Wellington. The river descends 211 metres (692 ft) over its 39-kilometre (24 mi) course.[6]

The South Gippsland Highway traverses the river, south of Alberton.[6] The Albert River sub-catchment area is managed by the West Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.


In the Australian Aboriginal Brataualung language the river is named as Lurt'bit, with no clearly defined meaning.[1][2]

The river was discovered in 1841 by William Adams Brodribb, an early settler, and named in honour of Prince Albert.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Albert River: 9219: Traditional Name: Lurt'bit". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Albert River: 9219: Traditional Name: Lurt'bit". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Albert River: 9219". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia. Frenchs Forest, NSW: Reed Books. p. 11. ISBN 0-7301-0051-0. 
  5. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey. Archived (PDF) from the original on 10 February 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c "Map of Albert River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 

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