Hopkins Falls, near Wangoom, in 1993
|Name origin: In honour of Sir John Paul Hopkins.|
|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)|
|- elevation||0 m (0 ft)|
|Length||271 km (168 mi)|
Course and features
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. 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.
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 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
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.
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- "Map of Hopkins Falls, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2014.