Barham River

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Barham (Barrum-barrum[1])
Burrum Burrum[2], Barham River West Branch, Barham River East Branch[3]
Name origin: Aboriginal: Barrum or Burrum, meaning "river" or "junction of two rivers"[3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
Landmark Great Ocean Road
Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - location near Marriner Ridge
 - elevation 481 m (1,578 ft)
 - coordinates 38°41′25″S 143°35′55″E / 38.69028°S 143.59861°E / -38.69028; 143.59861
Source confluence East and West Branches of the Barham River
 - location east of Paradise
 - elevation 65 m (213 ft)
 - coordinates 38°45′53″S 143°38′2″E / 38.76472°S 143.63389°E / -38.76472; 143.63389
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location north of Cape Otway
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°45′59″S 143°40′10″E / 38.76639°S 143.66944°E / -38.76639; 143.66944Coordinates: 38°45′59″S 143°40′10″E / 38.76639°S 143.66944°E / -38.76639; 143.66944
Length 16 km (10 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Location of the Barham River mouth
in Victoria

The Barham 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 Barham River rises as the West Branch of the river in the Otway Ranges near Marriner Ridge and flows generally south then east before reaching its confluence with the East Branch of the river near the locality of Paradise, and then flows directly east towards the town of Apollo Bay where the river reaches its mouth and empties into Bass Strait, north of Cape Otway. From its highest point, the river descends 481 metres (1,578 ft) over its 16-kilometre (9.9 mi) course.[4][5]


The river's name is derived from the Aboriginal words Barrum or Burrum, meaning "river" or "junction of two rivers".[3] Meanwhile, the name of the river was first recorded by European surveyor George Smythe, with the name Burrum believed to mean a "stony river bed".[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Barham River: 2787". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Barham River: 411". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Barham River: 1270". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 11 July 2011. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Map of Barham River (East Branch), VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  5. ^ a b "Map of Barham River (West Branch), VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 
  6. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria". The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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