Kent River

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Kent River
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Main source Tenterden
295 metres (968 ft)[1]
River mouth Irwin Inlet
sea level
Length 140 kilometres (87 mi)[2]

The Kent River is a river in the Great Southern of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise near Tenterden. The river flows in a south-westerly direction, crosses the Muirs Highway east of Rocky Gully, flows through Mount Roe-Mount Lindesay National Park, crosses the South Coast Highway near Kenton, flows through the Owingup Nature Reserve swampland and finally discharges into the eastern side of Irwin Inlet.

There are two tributaries to the Kent; Styx River and Nile Creek.

The river was named in 1829 by Thomas Wilson who was the first European to explore the river. He named it after a member of his exploration party John Kent, of the 39th Regiment, Assistant Commissary General at the King George Sound garrison.[3]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Kent River". 2009. Retrieved 12 July 2016. 
  2. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Sherriff, George (26 January 1950). "The History of Denmark - Its Exploration and Early Development". Albany Advertiser. p. 8. Retrieved 4 Dec 2013. 

Coordinates: 34°59′34″S 116°59′29″E / 34.99278°S 116.99139°E / -34.99278; 116.99139