Morwell River

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Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), West Gippsland, South Gippsland
Local government area Latrobe City
Part of West Gippsland catchment
 - left O'Grady Creek
 - right Middle Creek (Victoria)
Towns Boolarra, Yinnar, Morwell
Source Strzelecki Ranges
Source confluence West Branch and East Branch of the Morwell River
 - location Boolarra South
 - elevation 172 m (564 ft)
 - coordinates 38°26′28″S 146°18′45″E / 38.44111°S 146.31250°E / -38.44111; 146.31250
Mouth confluence with the Latrobe River
 - location south of Yallourn North
 - elevation 16 m (52 ft)
 - coordinates 38°10′25″S 146°21′50″E / 38.17361°S 146.36389°E / -38.17361; 146.36389Coordinates: 38°10′25″S 146°21′50″E / 38.17361°S 146.36389°E / -38.17361; 146.36389
Length 41 km (25 mi)
Mouth of the Morwell River in Victoria

The Morwell River is a perennial river of the West Gippsland catchment, located in the West Gippsland and South Gippsland regions of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

Formed by the confluence of the West Branch and East Branch of the river, the Morwell River rises in the Strzelecki Ranges, below Boolarra South. The river flows generally in a northerly direction, joined by two minor tributaries before reaching its mouth to form confluence with the Latrobe River, south of Yallourn North. The river descends 156 metres (512 ft) over its 41-kilometre (25 mi) course.[2] The lower reaches of the river has been diverted around open-cut coal mines by channels and pipelines until it enters the Latrobe River.

On 6 June 2012, a levee bank failure resulted in the flooding of the Yallourn coal mine causing damage to its infrastructure and cutting fuel supply to the adjacent power station.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Morwell River: 21620". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Map of Morwell River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 22 February 2014. 
  3. ^ "Power generation cut as water flows into mine". ABC News. Australia. 6 June 2012. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 

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