Buayanyup River

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Buayanyup River
Origin Whicher Range
Mouth Geographe Bay
Basin countries Australia
Length 27 kilometres (17 mi)
Source elevation 60 metres (197 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation sea level
Basin area 163 square kilometres (63 sq mi)[2]

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

The headwaters of the river rise in the Whicher Range and flows north crossing the Bussell Highway near Vasse before discharging into Geographe Bay near Abbey about 8 kilometres (5 mi) west of Busselton. The river has three main tributaries of Dawson Gulley, Ironstone Gully and the other is not named. In total the river has a stream length of over 100 kilometres (62 mi).[3]

Flowing through agricultural land that is predominantly used for raising beef and dairy cattle and to a lesser degree plantation timber and viticulture, the area has been settled since 1834 when the Bussell family established a cattle station along the Vasse River. More farming families followed and now over 50% of the catchment is used for cattle farming.

The name of the river was first recorded by a surveyor in 1839 and is Aboriginal in origin but its meaning is unknown.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Buayanyup River". 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Water Corporation - Catchment Characteristics". 2009. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  3. ^ "Buayanyup River Action Plan" (PDF). 2010. Retrieved 9 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 9 March 2011. 

Coordinates: 33°41′44″S 115°14′25″E / 33.69556°S 115.24028°E / -33.69556; 115.24028