Coen River

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Coen River
Country Australia
Territory Queensland
Region Far North Queensland
Source Pandanus Creek
 - location Great Dividing Range, Cape York Peninsula, Australia
 - elevation 205 m (673 ft)
Mouth Archer River
 - elevation 35 m (115 ft)
 - coordinates 13°36′21″S 142°09′30″E / 13.60583°S 142.15833°E / -13.60583; 142.15833Coordinates: 13°36′21″S 142°09′30″E / 13.60583°S 142.15833°E / -13.60583; 142.15833
Length 217 km (135 mi)
Basin 3,207 km2 (1,238 sq mi)
Location of Coen river mouth in Queensland

The Coen River is situated in the Cape York Peninsula in Queensland, Australia.[2]

The headwaters rise at the confluence of Pandanus Creek and another unamed creek near Bend along the Peninsula Developmental Road in the Great Dividing Range. The river flows in an easterly direction crossing the Peninsula Developmental road at Coen then veering north east through mostly uninhabited country including Mungkan Kandju National Park then heading east and eventually discharging into the Archer River.[1]

The catchment area of the river occupies an 3,207 square kilometres (1,238 sq mi) of which an area of 29 square kilometres (11 sq mi) is composed of riverine wetlands.[3]

The present (1996) Pennefather River (renamed 1894) was originally called the Coen river by Jan Carstenszoon in honour of Jan Pieterszoon Coen, Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies. The present Archer River was probably confused by Matthew Flinders with Carstenszoon's Coen River. The Coen River is a tributary of the Archer river and was for a time known as the South Coen River.

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  1. ^ a b "Map of Coen River Qld.". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 22 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Coen River (entry 47590)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 17 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Coen River drainage basin". WetlandInfo. Queensland Government. Retrieved 22 July 2015.