Laura River (Western Australia)

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Laura River
Origin Bailey Range
Mouth Mary River
Basin countries Australia
Length 86 kilometres (53 mi)[1]
Source elevation 409 metres (1,342 ft)[2]
Mouth elevation 287 metres (942 ft)

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.[1][3]


  1. ^ a b Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 2 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Laura River, WA". 2011. Retrieved 1 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