De Grey River

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De Grey
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source confluence of Nullagine River and Oakover River
129 metres (423 ft)[1]
River mouth Breaker Inlet, Indian Ocean
sea level
Length 193 kilometres (120 mi)[2]
  • Average rate:
    3.9 GL/a (0.12 m3/s; 4.4 cu ft/s)[3]
Basin features
Basin size 56,720 square kilometres (21,900 sq mi)[4]

The De Grey River is a river located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. It was named on 16 August 1861 by the explorer and surveyor Francis Gregory after Thomas de Grey, 2nd Earl de Grey who was, at the time, President of the Royal Geographical Society.[5]

The river rises south of Callawa at the confluence of the Oakover and the Nullagine rivers and flows in a west-north-westerly direction eventually discharging into the Indian Ocean via Breaker Inlet about 80 km north-east of Port Hedland.

Its stream bed is 100 to 130 metres wide, dry throughout most of the year[citation needed]. The shore's land is rich in grass and fertile, featuring trees.

The river flows through many semi-permanent pools of water on the way to the coast, including Yukerakine Pool, Muccanoo Pool, Talyirina Pool, Wardoomoondener Pool and Triangle Pool.

The river has eleven tributaries, including the Oakover River, Nullagine River, Coongan River, East Strelley River, Shaw River, Miningarra Creek, Egg Creek and Kookenyia Creek.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of De Grey River". 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Australian Government - Bureau of Meteorology - De Grey River Basin" (PDF). 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Australian Natural Resources Atlas – De Grey River". 2007. Archived from the original on 4 August 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  5. ^ "Mr. F.T. Gregory's Expedition to the N. W. Coast of Australia". The Perth Gazette and Independent Journal of Politics and News. 29 November 1861. p. 3. Retrieved 2 June 2017. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Hasluck, Paul (1929) The first year in the North-West.(Account of the cutter Mystery and the barque Tien Tsin in taking stock for Walter Padbury and Henry Welland to De Grey in 1863, principally from the diaries of Charles Nairn and William Shakespeare Hall).Journal and proceedings (Western Australian Historical Society) Vol.1, pt.4 (1929), p. 1-16,

Coordinates: 20°40′S 119°30′E / 20.667°S 119.500°E / -20.667; 119.500