Lennard River

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Lennard River
Lennard River.jpg
Lennard River, Windjana Gorge
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source King Leopold Ranges
342 metres (1,122 ft)
River mouth Meda River and May River
41 metres (135 ft)
Basin size 14,757 square kilometres (5,698 sq mi)
Physical characteristics
Length 180 kilometres (112 mi)

Lennard River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The river was named on 8 June 1879 by the explorer Alexander Forrest, during an expedition in the Kimberley area, after Amy Eliza Barrett-Lennard (1852-1897), whom he was to marry on 15 January 1880.[1]

The river rises below the King Leopold Ranges and flows in a westerly direction through the Lennard River Gorge and the Windjana Gorge before merging with the Meda River. The tributaries of the Lennard River include Barker River, Richenda River, Mount North Creek, Surprise Creek and Broome Creek.

The river has a length of 180 kilometres (112 mi)[2] and a catchment area of 14,757 square kilometres (5,698 sq mi) [3]

The traditional owners of the area that the river flows through are the Unggami people.[4]


  1. ^ Forrest, Alexander (8 Feb 1880). "From the De Grey to Port Darwin: Journal of Exploration". The West Australian. p. 1S. Retrieved 19 Aug 2013. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Lennard River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  3. ^ "National Water Commission - Regional Water Resource Assessment – SWMA - Lennard River". 2005. Retrieved 25 November 2008. 
  4. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2009. Retrieved 6 March 2009. 

Coordinates: 17°21′22″S 124°20′0″E / 17.35611°S 124.33333°E / -17.35611; 124.33333