Fraser River (Western Australia)

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Fraser River
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source 138 metres (453 ft)[1]
River mouth King Sound
sea level
Length 70 kilometres (43 mi)[2]
Basin features
Basin size 2,752 km2 (1,063 sq mi)[3]

The Fraser River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The river rises northwest of Mount Jowlaenger and flows in an easterly direction passing through some permanent pools such as Ungalete Pool and Lowangun Pool before discharging into King Sound.

The only tributary of the Fraser is Bungarragut Creek.

The first European to discover the river was the explorer Alexander Forrest in 1879. Forrest named the river after Malcolm Fraser, who was the Commissioner of Crown Lands at the time.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Warrwa.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Fraser River". 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 4 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest" (PDF). CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 17°21′0″S 123°18′38″E / 17.35000°S 123.31056°E / -17.35000; 123.31056