Carbunup River

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Carbunup River
Carbunup River near Bussell Highway
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source Whicher Range
72 metres (236 ft)[1]
River mouth Geographe Bay, Western Australia
Length 36 kilometres (22 mi)
  • Average rate:
    10.8 m3/s (340,000 ML/a; 380 cu ft/s)[2]
Basin features
Basin size 159 square kilometres (61 sq mi)[3]

The Carbunup River is located in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The mouth of the Carbunup River is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Busselton where the river flows into Geographe Bay.

The Carbunup River is 36 kilometres (22 mi) in length and flows north from its headwaters in the Treeton State Forest/Whicher Range in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.[4]

The nearest water courses are Mary Brook to the West and Buayanyup River to the east; both of these rivers travel in a parallel direction to the Carbunup River. The catchment area is 170 square kilometres (65.6 sq mi) of which 55% is cleared. The Carbunup River is located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste area where it crosses two physiographic regions, the 15 km wide Swan Coastal Plain and the gently undulating Blackwood Plateau.

The only tributary of the river is Island Brook.


The river was originally named the Lennox River after Lennox Bussell by Captain John Molloy in 1835.[5] The name was changed to Carbunup River, the aboriginal word that means either 'place of a kindly stream', 'place of cormorants' or 'place of the stinkwood thicket'.[6]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Carbunup River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 23 November 2008. 
  2. ^ "Department of Water - Carbunup monitoring station". 2007. Archived from the original on 6 September 2007. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  3. ^ "Water Corporation - Catchment Characteristics". 2009. Archived from the original on 25 July 2008. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 
  4. ^ "Carbunup River Action Plan" (PDF). 2000. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2 June 2007. 
  5. ^ "Carbunup Reserve Management Plan" (PDF). 2002. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 August 2006. Retrieved 31 July 2007. 
  6. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 4 August 2008. 

Coordinates: 33°41′43.92″S 115°11′19.31″E / 33.6955333°S 115.1886972°E / -33.6955333; 115.1886972