Hopkins River

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This article is about the river in Victoria (Australia). For the river in New Zealand, see Hopkins River (New Zealand).
The Hopkins Falls C1993.JPG
Hopkins Falls, near Wangoom, in 1993
Name origin: In honour of Sir John Paul Hopkins.[2][3][4]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions Victorian Midlands (IBRA), Western District
Local government area Moyne Shire, Warrnambool
Part of Glenelg Hopkins catchment
 - left Jacksons Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Salt Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Stony Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Mount Emu Creek, Brucknell Creek
 - right Back Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Reedy Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Bushy Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Back Creek, Two (Moyne Shire, Victoria), Chirrup Creek, Grays Creek[disambiguation needed], Mustons Creek
Landmark Great Ocean Road
 - location near Ararat
 - elevation 338 m (1,109 ft)
 - coordinates 38°0′54″S 142°8′15″E / 38.01500°S 142.13750°E / -38.01500; 142.13750
Mouth Tasman Sea
 - location Warrnambool
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°24′9″S 142°30′29″E / 38.40250°S 142.50806°E / -38.40250; 142.50806Coordinates: 38°24′9″S 142°30′29″E / 38.40250°S 142.50806°E / -38.40250; 142.50806
Length 271 km (168 mi)
Waterfall Hopkins Falls
Hopkins River is located in Victoria
Hopkins River
Location of the Hopkins River mouth in Victoria

The Hopkins River, a perennial river of the Glenelg Hopkins catchment, is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Hopkins River rises below Telegraph Hill near Ararat, and flows generally south, joined by twelve tributaries including the Mount Emu Creek, before reaching its mouth and emptying into Bass Strait at Warrnambool. The river descends 338 metres (1,109 ft) over its 271-kilometre (168 mi) course.[5] The river and its tributaries drain much of Lake Bolac; and north of Allansford the river descends over the 11–13-metre (36–43 ft) Hopkins Falls.[6]

Together with the Merri River, the Hopkins flows through the regional centre of Warrnambool; and the river is traversed by the Great Ocean Road.[5]

River Health[edit]

The Hopkins River is in extremely poor health with less than 5% of the river having natural bush and vegetation.


The Hopkins River Re-vegetation Project (HRRP) was commenced in 2016 by the Ellerslie Residents Group Inc.

Phase 1[edit]

Phase 1 of the HRRP project commenced in 2016 in Ellerslie. The Project is located between the Hopkins Highway bridge and the historic bridge.

Phase 2 & 3[edit]

Phases 2 & 3 of the project are planned to take place on the eastern bank between the phase 1 site and the Ellerslie cemetery. As at 3/1/2017 Phase 2 and 3 cannot take place due to grazing licences on the crown land allotments. The Department of Environment, land, Water & planning have refused to support the project for more than 15 years. They have continued to renew the grazing licences despite the Ellerslie community demanding that the licences be concealed.


The river was named in 1836 by Major Thomas Mitchell after a friend, Sir John Paul Hopkins.[2][3][4]


  1. ^ "Hopkins River: 3639". Vicnames. Retrieved 20 June 2014. [permanent dead link]
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Thomas (1838). "Three Expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia". London: Boone. 
  3. ^ a b Reed, A. W. (1973). Place names of Australia. Frenchs Forest: Reed Books. ISBN 0-7301-0051-0. 
  4. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF) (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 February 2011. 
  5. ^ a b c "Map of Hopkins River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  6. ^ "Map of Hopkins Falls, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 

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