Bow River (Kimberley region, Western Australia)

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Bow River
Origin Kimberley region
Mouth Confluence with the Ord River at Lake Argyle
Basin countries Australia
Length 148 kilometres (92 mi)
Source elevation 509 metres (1,670 ft)[1]
This article is about a river in northern Western Australia. For a river of the same name in southern Western Australia, see Bow River (Western Australia). For a river of the same name in Canada, see Bow River.

Bow River is a 148-kilometre (92 mi) long tributary of the Ord River in the Kimberley region of northern Western Australia. The river was named by pastoralist Michael Durack in 1882 after the Bow River in his family's ancestral home of County Galway, Ireland.[2]

The river flows into the Ord River at Lake Argyle.

There are 12 tributaries of the Bow River including Wilson River, Turkey Creek, Limestone Creek and Spring Creek.

Bow River is the subject of the famous song of the same name by the iconic Australian pub rock band Cold Chisel. The song was later covered by its composer, Cold Chisel member Ian Moss.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Bow River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 28 November 2008. 

Coordinates: 16°39′00″S 128°39′50″E / 16.65000°S 128.66389°E / -16.65000; 128.66389