Mackenzie River (Victoria)

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Mackenzie (Bun-nah, Bunudj[1][2][3])
McKenzie (incorrectly)
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions Murray Darling Depression (IBRA), Grampians
Local government areas Northern Grampians, Yarriambiack, Horsham
Part of Wimmera catchment
 - right Bungalally Creek
Towns Wartook, Rosebrook
Source Grampian Range, Great Dividing Range
 - location Grampians National Park
 - elevation 323 m (1,060 ft)
 - coordinates 37°6′46.6″S 142°24′21.8″E / 37.112944°S 142.406056°E / -37.112944; 142.406056
Mouth confluence with the Wimmera River
 - location southwest of Horsham
 - elevation 131 m (430 ft)
 - coordinates 36°44′40″S 141°56′51″E / 36.74444°S 141.94750°E / -36.74444; 141.94750Coordinates: 36°44′40″S 141°56′51″E / 36.74444°S 141.94750°E / -36.74444; 141.94750
Length 57 km (35 mi)
National park Grampians National Park
Mackenzie River (Victoria) is located in Victoria
Mackenzie River (Victoria)
Location of the Mackenzie River mouth in Victoria

The Mackenzie River, an inland intermittent river of the Wimmera catchment, is located in the Grampians region of the Australian state of Victoria. Rising in the Grampians National Park, on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Mackenzie River flows generally north by west and drains into the Wimmera River, southwest of Horsham.

Course and features[edit]

The Mackenzie River rises on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, and flows generally west by north, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth to flow into the Wimmera River at Banyena; southwest of Horsham. The Mackenzie River descends 62 metres (203 ft) over its 57-kilometre (35 mi) course.[5]

The river is crossed by the Henty Highway, south of Horsham.


In the local indigenous language the river is named Bun-nah, meaning "tea-tree scrub"; and in the Jardwadjali language, Bunud, meaning "mallee tree, tea-tree scrub".[1][2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Mackenzie River (entry 622167)". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b Smyth, Robert Brough (1878). The Aborigines of Victoria. Melbourne: Victorian Government Printer. p. 176.
  3. ^ a b Clark, Ian; Heydon, Toby (2011). "Mackenzie River: Traditional Names". Victorian Aboriginal Corporation for Languages.
  4. ^ "Mackenzie River (VIC)". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.
  5. ^ a b "Map of Mackenzie River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 October 2014.