Charnley River

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Charnley River
Physical characteristics
Main sourceCaroline Ranges
472 metres (1,549 ft)[1]
River mouthWalcott Inlet
sea level
Length148 kilometres (92 mi)[2]

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

The river has its headwaters situated below Rocky Mountain in the Caroline Ranges and flows eastward across the Gardner Plateau and discharges into the Indian Ocean via Walcott Inlet.

There are seven tributaries of the Charnley river these are; Pearson River, Maurice Creek, Synnot Creek, Kalumba Creek, Bayonet Creek, Maudie Creek and Kaangulman Creek.

The Calder River also flows into Walcott inlet.

Frank Hann named the Charnley river in 1898 after the pastoralist and miner Walter Chearnley from Nullagine whose name was mis-spelt when Hann recorded the name in his diary.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Charnley 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 28 November 2008.

Coordinates: 16°23′38″S 124°59′29″E / 16.39389°S 124.99139°E / -16.39389; 124.99139