Coongan River

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Coongan River
Country Australia
Main source Chichester Range
480 metres (1,575 ft)[1]
River mouth De Grey River
46 metres (151 ft)
Basin size 3,740 square kilometres (1,444 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 200 kilometres (124 mi)[3]
  • Average rate:
    80 GL/a (90 cu ft/s)

The Coongan River is an ephemeral river in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise below the Chichester Range. The river flows in a northerly direction past Marble Bar then through the Gorge Range before discharging into the De Grey River, of which it is a tributary, at Mulyie Pool near Mount Woodhouse.

The town of Marble Bar also draws approximately 180ML scheme water from the river's alluvium per year.

The river has eight tributaries including; Talga River, Triberton Creek, Emu Creek and Budjan Creek.

The name is Indigenous Australian in origin, and was first recorded in 1878 by Alexander Forrest. The traditional owners of the area are the Njamal or Nyamal peoples.[4]

The rivers water quality varies dependent of the flow but the average turbidity of the river water is 587 NTU and the average salinity is 100 mg/L.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Coongan River". 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 
  2. ^ "Surface Hydrology of the Pilbara Region Summary" (PDF). 2000. Retrieved 17 April 2009. 
  3. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  4. ^ "Ausanthrop - Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 19 April 2009. 

Coordinates: 20°34′52″S 119°35′30″E / 20.58111°S 119.59167°E / -20.58111; 119.59167