Delatite River

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Delatite (Wappang, Callathera, Kalylatherer,
Kay-lath-er-rer, Pappang, Wapping[1]
Delatite River.jpg
Delatite River near Mirimbah
Name origin: Aboriginal Daungwurrung: derived from Beolite[1]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South Eastern Highlands bioregion (IBRA), Northern Country/North Central
Local government area Mansfield
Part of Goulburn Broken catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
 - left Lanky Creek
 - right Plain Creek, Stony Creek (Delatite River), Devil Plain Creek, River Creek, Howes Creek, Burnt Creek, Ford Creek, Brankeet Creek
Towns Merrijig
Source Victorian Alps, Great Dividing Range
 - location between Mount Stirling and Mount Buller
 - elevation 1,490 m (4,888 ft)
 - coordinates 37°08′39.5″S 146°29′43″E / 37.144306°S 146.49528°E / -37.144306; 146.49528
Mouth confluence with the Goulburn River
 - location Lake Eildon
 - elevation 260 m (853 ft)
 - coordinates 37°10′3″S 145°59′57″E / 37.16750°S 145.99917°E / -37.16750; 145.99917Coordinates: 37°10′3″S 145°59′57″E / 37.16750°S 145.99917°E / -37.16750; 145.99917
Length 85 km (53 mi)
National park Lake Eildon National Park
Reservoir Lake Eildon
Delatite River is located in Victoria
Delatite River
Location of the Delatite River mouth in Victoria

The Delatite River, an inland perennial river of the Goulburn Broken catchment, part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the lower South Eastern Highlands bioregion and Northern Country/North Central regions of the Australian state of Victoria. The headwaters of the Delatite River rise on the western slopes of the Victorian Alps and descend to flow into the Goulburn River within Lake Eildon.

Location and features[edit]

The Delatite River rises in Howqua Gap, between the ski resort mountains of Mount Stirling and Mount Buller, of the Great Dividing Range. The river flows generally westwards, initially through rugged national park and state forests and, as the river descends, through more open woodlands. The river is joined by nine tributaries, passing north of the town of Merrijig before reaching its confluence in Lake Eildon, an impoundment formed on the Goulburn and Delatite rivers, just east of Eildon. The river descends 1,230 metres (4,040 ft) over its 85-kilometre (53 mi) course.[3]


In Australian Aboriginal languages, the river is variously named Wappang, Callathera, Kalylatherer or Kay-lath-er-rer, Pappang, and Wapping with no defined meanings for each of the words.[1]

The name of the river is derived from the name of the wife of a former local indigenous leader Beolite, the leader of the yowung-illum-baluks of the Taungurung people, in the Daungwurrung language.

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  1. ^ a b c "Delatite River (entry 615534)". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Delatite River". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government. 
  3. ^ a b "Map of Delatite River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 15 October 2014. 

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