Bridge over the Capel River at Capel
|Main source||Junction of Capel River North and Capel River South
76 metres (249 ft)
|River mouth||Geographe Bay
|Basin size||653 square kilometres (252 sq mi)|
|Length||32 kilometres (20 mi)|
The river was named after Capel Carter Brockman (1839–1924), daughter of John Bussell (1803–1875), who was named after a Miss Capel Carter, a cousin of the Bussells in England with whom the Bussell family members corresponded.
The Capel River is the largest in the Geographe catchment. It rises at the edge of the Darling Scarp and flows in a north-westerly direction across the northern part of the Blackwood plateau to the confluence of the Capel River North and Capel River South, near Goodwood.
The Capel river has 6 tributaries; Capel River North, Capel River South, Gynudup Brook, Camp Gully, Layman Gully and Maidenhair Gully.
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