Isdell River

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Isdell River
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source Packhorse Range
515 metres (1,690 ft)[1]
River mouth Walcott Inlet
sea level
Length 206 kilometres (128 mi)[2]
Basin features
Basin size 5,540 square kilometres (2,139 sq mi)[3]

Isdell River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, named in 1898 by explorer Frank Hann after James Isdell, who was prominent in the region and later served as a member of parliament.

The river rises in the Packhorse Range and flows in a south- westerly direction until it reaches Isdell Gorge at the foot of the King Leopold Range where it changes to a north-westerly direction before discharging into the eastern end of Walcott Inlet.

The river has eleven tributaries including; Sprigg River, Woolybutt Creek, Cadjuput Creek, Woomera Creek and Tulmulnga Creek.

The traditional owners are the Wangina Wunggurr Willingin people who maintain a strong connection to the river despite disruptions by pastoral activities.


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Isdell River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 9 December 2008. 
  3. ^ "Rivers of the Kimberley - Water Notes" (PDF). 2008. Retrieved 26 February 2009. 

Coordinates: 16°33′20″S 124°55′23″E / 16.55556°S 124.92306°E / -16.55556; 124.92306