Avon River (Grampians, Victoria)

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Wityellibar, Kurakibiyal[1][2][3]
Avon River (Grampians, Victoria) is located in Victoria
Avon River (Grampians, Victoria)
Location of the Avon River mouth in Victoria
RegionMurray Darling Depression (IBRA), Wimmera
Local government areaNorthern Grampians
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
Source confluenceAvon Creek and Sandy Creek
 - locationBeazleys Bridge; west of St Arnaud
 - coordinates36°41′59.9″S 143°10′2.9″E / 36.699972°S 143.167472°E / -36.699972; 143.167472
 - elevation195 m (640 ft)
Mouthconfluence with the Richardson River
 - location
Banyena; northwest of Marnoo
 - coordinates
36°34′16″S 142°49′33″E / 36.57111°S 142.82583°E / -36.57111; 142.82583Coordinates: 36°34′16″S 142°49′33″E / 36.57111°S 142.82583°E / -36.57111; 142.82583
 - elevation
133 m (436 ft)
Length64 km (40 mi)
Basin features
River systemWimmera catchment
 - leftFaulkner Creek

The Avon River, an inland intermittent river of the Wimmera catchment, located in the Grampians and Wimmera regions of the Australian state of Victoria. Rising on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Avon River flows north-westerly to reach its confluence with the Richardson River. The rivers of the Wimmera catchment drain into a series of ephemeral lakes that, whilst they do not directly empty into a defined watercourse, they form part of the Murray River catchment of the Murray-Darling basin.

Location and features[edit]

The Avon River rises on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, near Beazleys Bridge, west of St Arnaud. The rivers flows in a highly meandering course generally west by north, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth to flow into the Richardson River at Banyena; northwest of Marnoo. The Avon River descends 62 metres (203 ft) over its 64-kilometre (40 mi) course.[4]


In the local indigenous language the river is named Wityellibar, with no defined meaning; and in the Djadjawurrung language, Kurakibiyal, with kurak meaning "sand" and biyal, meaning "red gum".[1][2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Avon River (entry 613203)". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Smyth, Robert Brough (1878). The Aborigines of Victoria. Melbourne: Victorian Government Printer. p. 176.
  3. ^ a b Clark, Ian; Heydon, Toby (2011). "Avon River: Traditional Names". Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
  4. ^ a b "Map of Avon River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 21 October 2014.

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