Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire.
|Etymology||Aboriginal: Barrum or Burrum, meaning "river" or "junction of two rivers"|
|Region||South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways|
|Local government area||Colac Otway Shire|
|- location||near Marriner Ridge|
|- elevation||481 m (1,578 ft)|
|Source confluence||East and West Branches of the Barham River|
|- location||east of Paradise|
|- elevation||65 m (213 ft)|
|north of Cape Otway|
|0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||16 km (9.9 mi)|
|River system||Corangamite catchment|
|National park||Great Otway National Park|
Location and features
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.
The river's name is derived from the Aboriginal words Barrum or Burrum, meaning "river" or "junction of two rivers". 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".
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