Calder River (Western Australia)

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Calder River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Elizabeth and Catherine Range
365 metres (1,198 ft)[1]
River mouth Walcott Inlet
sea level
Physical characteristics
Length 99 kilometres (62 mi)[2]

The Calder River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The river rises in the Elizabeth and Catherine Range and flows in a southerly direction eventually veering west along the northern edge of the Munja Aboriginal Reserve and discharging into the Indian Ocean via Walcott Inlet.

There are five tributaries to the Calder River; Tims Creek, Red Bull Creek, Bachsten Creek, Neville Creek and Brockman River.

Europeans first discovered the river in 1901 when the surveyor Frederick Slade Drake-Brockman came across the river while on an expedition in the area close to the river's mouth. Brockman named the river after John Calder, the leader of a prospecting party that was in area at the same time. Coordinates: 16°18′16″S 125°3′26″E / 16.30444°S 125.05722°E / -16.30444; 125.05722


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Calder River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 26 November 2008. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 8 December 2008.