Barnett River

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Barnett River
Physical characteristics
 - locationCaroline Range
 - elevation616 metres (2,021 ft)[1]
 - location
confluence with Hann River
 - elevation
377 metres (1,237 ft)
Length68 kilometres (42 mi)
Aboriginal rock art in Wunnumurra Gorge, Barnett River

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

The river rises below the Caroline Range near Mount Lacy and then flows south to the west of Mount Elizabeth then through the Barnett River gorge crossing the Gibb River Road near the Mount Barnett roadhouse before flowing into the Hann River in the Philip Range near Mount Caroline.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Ola peoples.[2]

It was named by the first European to discover the river, Frank Hann, who had seen it during his expedition to the region in 1898. He named the river after Alfred Barnett, who was the manager of Balmaningarra Station which is situated along the Lennard River.[3]

Fish such as the Western rainbowfish, the False-spine catfish and the Barnett River gudgeon have all been found within the river system.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Barnett River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Ausanthrop - Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Archived from the original on 26 September 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2012.
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 13 September 2011.
  4. ^ "National River Trust - Inland fish fauna of the Fitzroy river" (PDF). 2002. Retrieved 13 September 2011.

Coordinates: 16°44′39″S 125°55′52″E / 16.7443°S 125.9311°E / -16.7443; 125.9311