Bass River (Victoria)

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Not to be confused with Little Bass River (East Gippsland).
For other uses, see Bass River.
Bass (Weandon yallock,[1] Tullungurn[2])
Map of Bass River, Victoria
Name origin: In honour of George Bass
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), West Gippsland
Local government area Bass Coast Shire
Part of Western Port catchment
 - left Wattle Creek
Source Strzelecki Ranges
 - location below Woodleigh
 - elevation 60 m (197 ft)
 - coordinates 38°22′27″S 145°39′29″E / 38.37417°S 145.65806°E / -38.37417; 145.65806
Mouth Western Port
 - location west of Bass
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°29′46″S 145°25′54″E / 38.49611°S 145.43167°E / -38.49611; 145.43167Coordinates: 38°29′46″S 145°25′54″E / 38.49611°S 145.43167°E / -38.49611; 145.43167
Length 59 km (36.7 mi)
Mouth of the Bass River in Victoria

The Bass River, a perennial river of the Western Port catchment, is located in the West Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Bass River rises below the locale of Woodleigh, west of the South Gippsland Highway, with its headwaters drawn from the Strzelecki Ranges, north of the town of Korumburra. The river flows generally south by west, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its river mouth and emptying into the Western Port, west of the town of Bass within the Bass Coast Shire. The river descends 60 metres (200 ft) over its combined 59 kilometres (37 mi) course.[4]

The river is traversed by the Bass Highway near the town of Bass.[4]


In the Australian Aboriginal Boonwurrung language the river is given two names, Weandon yallock, with yallock meaning "river" or creek";[1] and Tullungurn, with no defined meeting.[2]

The river is named in honour of George Bass, who discovered the river and surrounding area in January 1798 on his 'whaleboat' expedition of the southeast coast of Australia.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Bass River: 10130: Traditional Name: Weandon yallock". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c "Bass River: 10130: Traditional Name: Tullungurn". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Bass River: 10130". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c "Map of Bass River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 February 2014. 

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