Laura River (Western Australia)

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Laura River
Country Australia
Main source Bailey Range
409 metres (1,342 ft)[1]
River mouth Mary River
287 metres (942 ft)
Physical characteristics
Length 86 kilometres (53 mi)[2]

Laura River is a river in the east Kimberley of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Bailey Range, approximately 20 km south of Halls Creek; the river then flows in a south-westerly direction crossing the Great Northern Highway near Dillinger Bore before discharging into the Mary River of which it is a tributary.

The river was named in 1884 by government surveyor George Russell Turner, of the 1884 Kimberley Survey Expedition, who possibly named it after Laura Louise Forrest (1877-1960), the niece of Surveyor General John Forrest.[2][3]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Laura River, WA". 2011. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 16 February 2015. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Survey of the Eucla district". The West Australian. 13 October 1885. p. 3. Retrieved 11 July 2014. 

Coordinates: 18°41′43″S 127°01′06″E / 18.69528°S 127.01833°E / -18.69528; 127.01833