Margaret River

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Margaret River
Margaret River river.jpg
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
River mouth Indian Ocean
Length 60 kilometres (37 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 40 square kilometres (15 sq mi)
Location of Margaret River
The estuary

The Margaret River is a river in southwest Western Australia. In a small catchment, it is the eponym of the town and tourist region of Margaret River.

The river arises from a catchment of just 40 square kilometres in the Whicher Range.[1][2][3][4]

The middle reaches passes through land cleared for agriculture, especially viticulture.

There is a weir across the river just above the town. The mouth of the river is a small estuary, closed to the ocean by a sandbar that opens only seasonally.

Margaret River is presumed to be named after Margaret Wyche, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Western Australia. Dept. of Environment; Western Australia. Whicher Water Resource Management Committee (2004), The way forward for water resource management in the Whicher region, The Dept, retrieved 17 December 2013 
  2. ^ Western Australia. Margaret River Catchment Management Plan Working Group; Water Authority of Western Australia (1993), Margaret River and Ten Mile Brook catchment management plan 1993-1998, Water Authority of Western Australia, ISBN 978-0-7309-5263-3 
  3. ^ Hanran-Smith, Genevieve; Milton, Kristin; Western Australia. Water and Rivers Commission; Natural Heritage Trust (Australia); Geographe Catchment Council; Cape to Cape Catchments Group; Cape to Cape Catchments Group (W.A.) (2003), Margaret River action plan : 2003, Water and Rivers Commission, ISBN 978-1-920687-40-3 
  4. ^ Western Australia. Dept. of Environment; Western Australia. Dept. of Environment. Water Resources Division; Western Australia. Dept. of Environment. Water Resources Division (2005), Margaret River Catchment Area (including Ten Mile Brook Catchment) drinking water source protection plan : Margaret River, Prevelly, Gnarabup and Cowaramup town water supply, Dept. of Environment, ISBN 978-0-7309-7544-1 


  • Brearley, Anne (2005). Ernest Hodgkin's Swanland: Estuaries and coastal lagoons of Southwestern Australia. University of Western Australia Press. ISBN 1-920694-38-2. 

Coordinates: 33°56′43.28″S 115°4′26.79″E / 33.9453556°S 115.0741083°E / -33.9453556; 115.0741083