McRae River (Western Australia)

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McRae River
Origin Whately Range
Mouth Glenelg River
Basin countries Australia
Length 35 kilometres (22 mi)
Source elevation 168 metres (551 ft)[1]
Mouth elevation 7 metres (23 ft)

The McRae River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The river rises in the Whately Range and flows in a northerly direction through the Prince Regent River Nature Reserve until it discharges into the Glenelg River.

It was first located on 14 May 1865 by a party led by government Assistant Surveyor James Cowle, during an exploration expedition from Camden Harbour to the south of the Glenelg River. It was named after one of the exploration party, Camden Harbour Pastoral Association member Alexander Joseph McRae, who had sailed from Melbourne to settle the region.[2]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of McRae River, WA". 2011. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  2. ^ Cowle, James (26 Sep 1865). "Explorations in the Camden Harbour Disrict: Report of an Expedition South of the Glenelg, by Assistant Surveyor Cowle, North District, 2nd May 1865". The Inquirer & Commercial News. p. 2. Retrieved 26 July 2012. 

Coordinates: 16°46.254′S 124°53.821′E / 16.770900°S 124.897017°E / -16.770900; 124.897017