Beaufort River

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Beaufort River
Country  Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source west of Woodanilling
262 metres (860 ft)
River mouth Arthur River
228 metres (748 ft)[1]
Length 80 kilometres (50 mi)[2]
  • Average rate:
    23,277 ML/a (26.048 cu ft/s)
Basin features
Basin size 1,565 square kilometres (604 sq mi)[3]

The Beaufort River is a river in the South West of Western Australia.

The river was named in 1835 by John Septimus Roe, Surveyor General of Western Australia, after a friend Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort who was Hydrographer of the Navy from 1829-1855.[4]

The rivers has its headwaters west of Woodanilling near Melbourne Vale and flows in a westerly direction until it flows into the Arthur River near Duranillin. The Arthur River is a tributary of the Blackwood River.

The only tributary of the river is the 7.5 kilometres (5 mi) Beaufort River East that joins the main river just east of where it crosses Albany Highway.

The river's catchment falls within the Blackwood catchment's Beaufort zone as part of the Beaufort system. The system is composed of broad valley floors with a grey sandy duplex and was previously a wandoo sheoak [5] woodland but has now mostly been cleared for agriculture.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Beaufort River, WA". 2007. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2011-09-03. 
  3. ^ "Department of Water - Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites - Beaufort River - Manywaters". 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  4. ^ Shire of Woodanilling (8 February 2015). "Melbourne Vale". State Heritage Register. Perth WA: State Heritage Office. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  5. ^ "Blackwood catchment, Beaufort zone catchment appraisal" (PDF). 2003. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2 September 2010. 

Coordinates: 33°31′S 116°50′E / 33.517°S 116.833°E / -33.517; 116.833