Johanna River

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Johanna River is located in Victoria
Johanna River
Location of the Johanna River mouth in Victoria
EtymologyAfter the wreaked schooner Joanna[1][2][3]
RegionSouth East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government areaColac Otway Shire
Physical characteristics
SourceOtway Ranges
 • locationbelow Lavers Hill
 • coordinates38°40′59″S 143°23′01″E / 38.68306°S 143.38361°E / -38.68306; 143.38361
 • elevation429 m (1,407 ft)
MouthGreat Australian Bight
 • location
Johanna Beach
 • coordinates
38°46′14″S 143°23′43″E / 38.77056°S 143.39528°E / -38.77056; 143.39528Coordinates: 38°46′14″S 143°23′43″E / 38.77056°S 143.39528°E / -38.77056; 143.39528
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length14 km (8.7 mi)
Basin features
River systemCorangamite catchment
National parkGreat Otway National Park

The Johanna River is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in The Otways region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Johanna River rises in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria, below Lavers Hill and flows generally south through the Great Otway National Park before reaching its river mouth and emptying into the Great Australian Bight, west of Cape Otway at Johanna Beach, near Johanna. From its highest point, the river descends 429 metres (1,407 ft) over its 14-kilometre (8.7 mi) course.[5]


The river, Johanna Beach and the surrounding locality of Johanna, are named after the schooner Joanna, wrecked nearby on 22 September 1843.[1][2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Blake, Les (1977), Place names of Victoria, Adelaide: Rigby, p. 294, ISBN 0-7270-0250-3
  2. ^ a b "Loss of the Joanna". Launceston Examiner. National Library of Australia. 7 October 1843. p. 4. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  3. ^ 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 10 February 2011.
  4. ^ "Johanna River: 3865". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 1 June 2014. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Map of Johanna River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014.

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