Henty River

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Henty River, Tasmania
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Region West Coast
 - left Yolande River, Lost Creek (Tasmania), Tully River (Tasmania)
 - right Ewart Creek, Malcom Creek, Bottle Creek, McCutcheons Creek, Badger River
Source Tyndall Range, West Coast Range
Source confluence Dobson Creek and Newton Creek
 - location below Mount Tyndall
 - elevation 264 m (866 ft)
 - coordinates 41°53′19″S 145°32′43″E / 41.88861°S 145.54528°E / -41.88861; 145.54528
Mouth Southern Ocean
 - location Henty Dunes
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 42°2′44″S 145°14′43″E / 42.04556°S 145.24528°E / -42.04556; 145.24528Coordinates: 42°2′44″S 145°14′43″E / 42.04556°S 145.24528°E / -42.04556; 145.24528
Length 46 km (29 mi)
Nature reserve Mount Dundas Regional Reserve
Location of the Henty River mouth
in Tasmania

The Henty River is a perennial river in the West Coast region of Tasmania, Australia. The river generally lies north of Queenstown and south of Zeehan.

Location and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the Dobson and Newton Creeks, the river rises below Lake Newton on the western slopes of the Tyndall Range, northwest of Mount Tyndall, part of the West Coast Range of Tasmania. The river flows generally south by west and then west, joined by eight tributaries including the Tully, Yolande, and Badger rivers before reaching its mouth and emptying into the Southern Ocean at Henty Dunes. The river descends 264 metres (866 ft) over its 46-kilometre (29 mi) course.[1]

In the area known as the Upper Henty at the river's headwaters is the Henty Gold Mine.[2][3] Its upper reaches were some of the last sites of dam making by the Hydro Tasmania in its long history of regulating flow of Tasmanian rivers.[citation needed]

The river basin is adjacent to the West Coast Range and the Lake Margaret areas, argued as having up to four separate periods of glaciation.[4]

The river is crossed by bridges that carry the Zeehan-Strahan Road and the Zeehan Highway. A former bridge that carried the Strahan-Zeehan Railway, very close to the coast and Ocean Beach, has since been demolished.

Recreation uses[edit]

During October and November, the Henty River is a location for sea run trout.

Picnic spots are available beside the river at either the Strahan to Zeehan highway, or the Zeehan Highway.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Henty River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 26 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Taylor, R. J.; others (July 1985). "Mammals of the upper Henty River region, Western Tasmania". Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania 119 (July 1985): 7–14. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Taylor, R. J. (1986). Notes on the diet of the carnivorous mammals of the Upper Henty River Region, western Tasmania. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Augustinus, P. C.; Colhoun, E. A. (1995). Weathering and morphostratigraphic evidence for four glaciations in the Henty River Basin, western Tasmania. Retrieved 9 June 2012. 

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