Hutt River (South Australia)

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Hutt River
Origin Skilly Hills, Clare Valley,
South Australia
Mouth Confluence with Broughton River
Basin countries Australia
Length 39km
Source elevation 396m
Basin area 280km²

The Hutt River, in the Clare Valley of South Australia, is a stream rising near Sevenhill and flowing in a generally northern direction past the town of Clare and through good farming and pastoral country into the southern side of the Broughton River.

It is one of several streams discovered in April 1839 by explorer John Hill, a friend and contemporary of the explorer Edward John Eyre. Hill named the river after Sir William Hutt, who was one of the South Australian Colonization Commissioners in London. Sir William's brother John Hutt was originally recommended to become the first Governor of South Australia, but he turned it down in favour of John Hindmarsh. John Hutt later became Governor of Western Australia from 1839 until 1846.

The Hutt River catchment has five catchment sub-regions; Hutt River, Stanley Flat, Armagh Creek, White Hutt Creek, and Bungaree. Armagh Creek is the most significant tributary.

The twin of the Hutt River, running parallel to it but separated by a low range, is the Hill River.

The name given to the Hutt River by the Aboriginal people of the area was Parriworta.


  • Cockburn, Rodney (1999) South Australia - What's in a name? Axiom Publishing ISBN 0-9592519-1-X

Coordinates: 28°13′S 114°18′E / 28.217°S 114.300°E / -28.217; 114.300