Meda River

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Meda River
Mouth King Sound
Basin countries Australia
Length 88 kilometres (55 mi)[1]
Source elevation 45 metres (148 ft)[2]
Mouth elevation sea level
Basin area 3,467 square kilometres (1,339 sq mi)[3]

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

The river is formed when the Lennard River splits into two channels just north of Mount Marmion, the other channel being the May River. Continuing to flow westward the river eventually discharges into Stokes Bay, King Sound which is north-east of Derby.

The river was named in 1881 by a pioneer of the area, George Julius Brockman during an expedition in the Kimberley area. The river is named after HMS Meda, an Admiralty surveying vessel that charted the coastline in the area including the river mouth in 1880.

The traditional owners of the areas around the river are the Ongkarango peoples.[4]

The Meda has three tributaries; The Lennard River, May River and Hawkstone Creek.


  1. ^ Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names". Archived from the original on 2015-02-16. Retrieved 6 September 2011. 
  2. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Meda River". 2009. Retrieved 19 February 2009. 
  3. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest" (PDF). CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "AusAnthrop Australian Aboriginal tribal database". 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 

Coordinates: 16°58′13″S 123°49′34″E / 16.97028°S 123.82611°E / -16.97028; 123.82611