Bungala River

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Bungala River
Country Australia
Main source Lower Inman Valley
River mouth Normanville
Physical characteristics
Length 6.3 km (3.9 mi)

The Bungala River is a river in the Australian state of South Australia that runs north west through the Fleurieu Peninsula, through primarily agricultural surroundings and drains into Gulf St Vincent. The Bungala runs past the town of Yankalilla, and enters the sea near Normanville. It originates in the lower Inman Valley region a mountainous catchment area.

The wetlands surrounding the river are classified as Brackish wetlands, with the estuary also having a brackish wetland system, and coastal dunes along the neighboring stretch of coast.[1]

The river's name is derived from an Aboriginal name adopted for a house built on section 1171 in the Hundred of Yankalilla by Eli Butterworth in the 1860s. He and his brother John owned and operated a steam powered flour mill on adjoining land.[2]

The Yankalilla Bay Catchment Action Group and the Normanville Heritage Sand Dune Rehabilitation Group are environmental groups aiming to preserving and restoring the river's natural state, whilst maintaining its use by the surrounding community. The latter are concerned primarily with Yankalilla and further inland sections of the river,[3] and the former are concerned with the estuary and coastal section of the river.[4]


  1. ^ Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Assessment of Fleurieu Wetlands (PDF), retrieved 2007-06-09 
  2. ^ Manning, G.H., "Bungala, River", Place Names of South Australia, State Library of South Australia, retrieved 2007-06-09 
  3. ^ Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Yankalilla Bay Catchment Action Group, retrieved 2007-06-07 
  4. ^ Mission Australia, Normanville Heratige, retrieved 2007-06-09 

Coordinates: 35°26′S 138°18′E / 35.433°S 138.300°E / -35.433; 138.300