Brodribb River

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Name origin: In honour of William Adams Brodribb.[2][3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Corner (IBRA), East Gippsland
Local government area Shire of East Gippsland
Part of Snowy River catchment
 - left Ellery Creek, B A Creek, Ferntree Creek, Big River, Rich River, Tooti Creek, Jack River, Cabbage Tree Creek
 - right Goongerah Creek, Joy Creek, Dead Bull Creek, Dead Calf Creek, Ironbark Creek, Martin Creek (Victoria), Sardine Creek, Wild Cow Creek, Dynamite Creek, Gravelly Creek, Camp Creek (Victoria)
Source Errinundra Plateau
 - location Errinundra National Park
 - elevation 334 m (1,096 ft)
Source confluence South Branch and North Branch of the Brodribb River
Mouth confluence with the Snowy River
 - location Lake Corringle-Lake Wat Wat Wildlife Reserve
 - elevation 41 m (135 ft)
 - coordinates 37°46′45″S 148°30′52″E / 37.77917°S 148.51444°E / -37.77917; 148.51444Coordinates: 37°46′45″S 148°30′52″E / 37.77917°S 148.51444°E / -37.77917; 148.51444
Length 105 km (65 mi)
National park Errinundra NP
Nature reserves Brodribb Flora, Lake Curlip State Game, Lake Corringle-Lake Wat Wat Wildlife
Lake Lake Curlip
Brodribb River is located in Victoria
Brodribb River
Mouth of the Brodribb River in Victoria

The Brodribb River is a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, located in the East Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Course and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the South Branch and the North Branch of the river, the Brodribb River rises below the Errinundra Plateau within the Errinundra National Park east of the locality of Goongerah. The river flows generally south by west by south, joined by the Big, Rich, and Jack rivers and sixteen minor tributaries, flowing through a series of reserves and through Lake Curlip, before reaching its confluence with the Snowy River, within the Lake Corringle-Lake Wat Wat Wildlife Reserve in the Shire of East Gippsland. The river descends 337 metres (1,106 ft) over its 105-kilometre (65 mi) course.[4]

An area of 17 square kilometres (6.6 sq mi) of wetlands along the lower reaches of the river has been identified by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because it supports a small breeding population of the endangered Australasian bittern.[5]

In its upper reaches, the river is traversed on multiple occasions by the Bonang Highway. In its lower reaches, the river is traversed by the Princess Highway, east of Orbost; and the Marlo Road, north of Marlo.[4]

The catchment area of the river is administered by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.


The river was named in honour of William Adams Brodribb,[2] an early settler.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Brodribb River: 24604". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Finch, Janette; Teale, Ruth (1969). "Brodribb, William Adams (1809 - 1886)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. 
  3. ^ a b Blake, Les (1977). Place names of Victoria. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 294. ISBN 0-7270-0250-3. , cited in Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Map of Brodribb River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 12 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "IBA: Lower Brodribb River". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 8 August 2011. 

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