King Edward River

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King Edward River
King Edward River Falls.jpg
Physical characteristics
 - locationPoonjurra Hill
 - elevation480 metres (1,575 ft)[1]
 - location
Napier Broome Bay
 - elevation
sea level
Length221 kilometres (137 mi)
Basin size17,624 square kilometres (6,805 sq mi)[2]

The King Edward River is a river in the Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise below Poonjurra Hill and flows in a northerly direction almost parallel with the Kalumburu Road and eventually discharges into Deep Bay then Napier Broome Bay and finally the Indian Ocean.

The river has seven tributaries including; Carson River, Drum Creek, Noolawayoo Creek, Coondillah Creek and Hair Creek.

The river contains several permanent pools, where examples of Indigenous Australian art known as Bradshaw paintings can be found along the cliff faces.[3]

The river was named in 1901 by the surveyor Frederick Brockman while on expedition in the area. The river is named after King Edward VII, the reigning monarch at the time.[4]

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Miwa, Wunambal and Kambure peoples.[5]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of King Edward River". 2009. Retrieved 10 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Australian Natural Resources Atlas – Economics – King Edward River". 2009. Archived from the original on 8 August 2008. Retrieved 3 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Bradshaw Foundation – Rock Art Archives". 2010. Retrieved 2 July 2011.
  4. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 7 September 2011.
  5. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Archived from the original on 27 September 2015. Retrieved 6 May 2012.

Coordinates: 14°14′3″S 126°35′58″E / 14.23417°S 126.59944°E / -14.23417; 126.59944