Gordon River (Western Australia)

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Name origin: George Hamilton Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen[1]
Country Australia
State Western Australia
Region Great Southern
Part of Frankland River
Source Three Wells
 - location near Broomehill
 - elevation 344 m (1,129 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Frankland River
 - location north of Frankland River (town)
 - elevation 207 m (679 ft)
 - coordinates 34°12′35″S 117°0′2″E / 34.20972°S 117.00056°E / -34.20972; 117.00056Coordinates: 34°12′35″S 117°0′2″E / 34.20972°S 117.00056°E / -34.20972; 117.00056
Length 121 km (75 mi)
Basin 4,652 km2 (1,796 sq mi)

The Gordon River is a river in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

Location and features[edit]

The headwaters of the river rise below Three Wells near Broomehill. The river flows in a south-westerly direction parallel with the Great Southern Highway as far as Tambellup then veers westward and crosses the Albany Highway north of Cranbrook and discharges into the Frankland River of which it is a tributary.

The river flows through a number of pools during its journey including; Balbalingup Pool, Ballingup Pool, Boyacup Pool and Poolyup Pool.

The river has four tributaries; Wadjekanup River, Cowenup Brook, Slab Hut Gully and Uannup Brook.

The river was named in 1835 by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe during an expedition from Perth to Albany. The river is named after George Hamilton Gordon, the 4th Earl of Aberdeen, who later became the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Map of Gordon River". Bonzle Digital Atlas. 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  3. ^ "Bureau of Meteorology - Frnklnd River July 2008 River Basin Summary" (PDF). 2009. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 October 2009. Retrieved 12 March 2009.