Mount Emu Creek

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Mount Emu
Skipton Mount Emu Creek.JPG
The Mount Emu Creek flowing under a bridge that carries the Glenelg Highway, near Skipton.
Mount Emu Creek is located in Victoria
Mount Emu Creek
Location of the Mount Emu Creek mouth
in Victoria
RegionVictorian Midlands, Naracoorte Coastal Plain (IBRA), Western District
Local government areasPyrenees, Ararat, Moyne
TownsBeaufort, Skipton, Darlington, Terang, Panmure
Physical characteristics
 • locationnorth of Trawalla
 • coordinates37°20′27″S 143°31′48″E / 37.34083°S 143.53000°E / -37.34083; 143.53000
 • elevation405 m (1,329 ft)
Mouthconfluence with Hopkins River
 • location
near Cudgee, northeast of Warrnambool
 • coordinates
38°19′36″S 142°38′22″E / 38.32667°S 142.63944°E / -38.32667; 142.63944Coordinates: 38°19′36″S 142°38′22″E / 38.32667°S 142.63944°E / -38.32667; 142.63944
 • elevation
28 m (92 ft)
Length250 km (160 mi)
Basin features
River systemGlenelg Hopkins catchment
 • leftSpring Hill Creek, Baillie Creek, Blind Creek, Elingamite Creek
 • rightTrawalla Creek, Broken Creek (Victoria)

The Mount Emu Creek, (Aboriginal Australian:Tarnpirr)[2] a perennial creek of the Glenelg Hopkins catchment, is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Mount Emu Creek is a 250-kilometre (160 mi) long and small meandering waterway. It is the longest creek in Victoria. The creek rises near Trawalla and flows generally south by southwest, joined by six tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the Hopkins River, northeast of Warrnambool. The river descends 377 metres (1,237 ft) over its 271-kilometre (168 mi) course.[1] Mount Emu Creek is the major waterway within the Hopkins basin.[citation needed] The main drainage area is from numerous small tributaries and gullies to the east and west of the waterway, including Darlington Creek.[3] The main tributary of Mount Emu Creek is Trawalla Creek, that drains the area of highest rainfall within the sub-catchment. It appears[to whom?] that Trawalla Creek contributes most of the good quality water that enters Mount Emu Creek.[citation needed] Mount Emu Creek has a length of approximately 70 kilometres (43 mi) through this sub-catchment, and passes through the township of Darlington.[citation needed]

The waterway starts as a series of creeks and waterways which merge to form the Mount Emu Creek which flows through areas around Beaufort, Skipton, Darlington, Terang and Panmure. It joins the Hopkins River which eventually leads out to sea at Warrnambool.

The Baillie Creek drains Lake Burrumbeet and flows into the Mount Emu Creek west of Snake Valley. The Elingamite Creek drains Lake Elingamite and flows into the Mount Emu Creek south of Terang.

The creek is traversed by the Western Highway near Trawalla, the Glenelg Highway at Skipton, the Hamilton Highway at Darlington, and the Princes Highway near Terang.


The Mount Emu system is a very popular fishing stream with residents and visitors along its course, where trophy sized trout can be pursued. The creek is regularly stocked with brown trout from the Department of Natural Resources and Environment (with the assistance of the Terang Angling Club.) There is also a small population of native brown trout. Trophy size trout are there to be taken but most fish average around 1,000 grams (35 oz). Some of the more popular spots to be fished are McKinnons bridge, Castlecary Road bridge, Ayresford Road and Panmure bridge. Other fish to be caught include redfin, eels, tench, tupong and black fish.[4] In several locations between Pura Pura and Darlington, yellowbelly are known to be caught on worm (no float).


Mount Emu Creek abounds in redfin and is the home of many platypuses. A recent[when?] trapping survey has confirmed that platypus are breeding successfully right in the heart of Skipton township. The all night research session along the Mount Emu Creek was conducted by the Australian Platypus Conservancy, in collaboration with Skipton's Stewart Park Committee. A baby female was one of six platypuses found in the 5-kilometre (3.1 mi) section of the creek. Weighing in at 680 grams (24 oz), the tiny juvenile had probably[citation needed] only first ventured out of her burrow a week or so previously. Geoff Williams, a biologist with the Conservancy, said that the youngster was in really good condition and her presence confirmed that successful breeding is taking place in the township.[5]

Murdering Gully massacre[edit]

Murdering Gully massacre occurred in a gully on Mount Emu Creek, where a small stream adjoins from Mérida station (near Camperdown) in early 1839. Between 35 and 40 men, women and children of the Tarnbeere gundidj clan, were shot dead by Frederick Taylor and other shepherds for the killing of several sheep.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Mount Emu Creek, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 22 June 2014.
  2. ^ Clark, Ian. "Aboriginal Placenames - Reconstruction of Aboriginal microtoponymy in western and central Victoria". ANU. Retrieved 16 July 2021.
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