Berkeley River

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Berkeley River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Tadarida Scarp
422 metres (1,385 ft)[1]
River mouth Timor Sea
sea level
Basin size 5,149 square kilometres (1,988 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 135 kilometres (84 mi)

The Berkeley River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.[3][4]

The river flows for 135 km to the Timor Sea via the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf near Reveley Island and Cape St Lambert.

The river rises from the Tadrida Scarp and flows in a north-easterly direction through the Drysdale River National Park and the Oombulgarri Indigenous Reserve before discharging into the Timor Sea. The river has two tributaries, the De Lancourt River and Casuarina Creek.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Miwa peoples.[5]

The river was named in 1911 by the explorer Charles Price Conigrave, the first European to discover the river. He named the river after his brother Berkeley Fairfax Conigrave.[6]

It is regularly visited by MV True North while on Kimberley coastal cruises.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Berkeley River". 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest" (PDF). CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Letters Kimberley coast". The Sydney Morning Herald. New South Wales: National Library of Australia. 26 May 1937. p. 8. Retrieved 23 January 2012. 
  4. ^ "[No heading].". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 13 December 1912. p. 40. Retrieved 25 January 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ausanthrop – Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 
  6. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2012. 

Coordinates: 14°21′09″S 127°47′20″E / 14.35250°S 127.78889°E / -14.35250; 127.78889