De Grey River

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De Grey
Origin confluence of Nullagine River and Oakover River
Mouth Breaker Inlet, Indian Ocean
Basin countries Australia
Length 193 kilometres (120 mi)[1]
Source elevation 129 metres (423 ft)[2]
Mouth elevation sea level
Avg. discharge 3.9 GL/annum [3]
Basin area 56,720 square kilometres (21,900 sq mi)[4]

The De Grey River is a river located in the Pilbara region of Western Australia.

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.

The river was named in 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.


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 3 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of De Grey River". 2009. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Australian Government - Bureau of Meteorology - De Grey River Basin" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 
  4. ^ "Australian Natural Resources Atlas – De Grey River". 2007. Retrieved 3 February 2009. 

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