Johanna River

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Name origin: After the wreaked schooner Joanna[2][3][4]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
Landmarks Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - location below Lavers Hill
 - elevation 429 m (1,407 ft)
 - coordinates 38°40′59″S 143°23′01″E / 38.68306°S 143.38361°E / -38.68306; 143.38361
Mouth Great Australian Bight
 - location Johanna Beach
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - 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
Length 14 km (9 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Johanna River is located in Victoria
Johanna River
Location of the Johanna River mouth in Victoria

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.[2][3][4]

See also[edit]


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

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