Moyne River

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Moyne River, Port Fairy, looking N from W bank, 30.11.2009.jpg
The wharves and harbour on the Moyne River at Port Fairy
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions Victorian Midlands (IBRA), Western District
Local government area Moyne Shire
Part of Glenelg Hopkins catchment
 - left Gully Creek
 - right Back Creek (Moyne Shire, Victoria)
Town Port Fairy
Landmark Griffiths Island
 - location near Stonefield
 - elevation 189 m (620 ft)
Mouth Port Fairy Bay, Bass Strait
 - location Port Fairy
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°23′18″S 142°15′3″E / 38.38833°S 142.25083°E / -38.38833; 142.25083Coordinates: 38°23′18″S 142°15′3″E / 38.38833°S 142.25083°E / -38.38833; 142.25083
Length 82 km (51 mi) [2]
Basin 797 km2 (308 sq mi) [2]
Waterfall Moyne Falls
Lake Belfast Lough
Moyne River is located in Victoria
Moyne River
Location of the Moyne River mouth
in Victoria
Wikimedia Commons: Moyne River (Victoria)

The Moyne River, a perennial river of the Glenelg Hopkins catchment, is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Moyne River rises near Stonefield, from the edge of the lava flows west-southwest of Penshurst. The river flows generally south, joined by two minor tributaries, and spilling into the Belfast Lough and then reaching its mouth and emptying into Port Fairy Bay in the Bass Strait near Port Fairy. The river descends 190 metres (620 ft) over its 82-kilometre (51 mi) course.[2][3]

The mouth of the river has been significantly altered. The river originally spilled into the Bass Strait south of the town of Port Fairy through a series of narrow channels leading westward from the site of the present–day mouth. At that stage, the southern outlet of the Moyne, the Back Passage, was narrow and the opening to the sea was often too rough for boats to leave or enter the port; the main eastern outlet was blocked by a shallow sand bar. These navigational impediments led to the construction of a jetty from Flagstaff Hill and a boulder wall breakwater between Griffiths Island and Rabbit Island. Training walls constructed in the 1870s, curve from the northern part of Griffiths Island through the sand bar. These structures rapidly led to the accumulation of large amounts of sand on the north coast of Griffiths Island and back shore erosion north of the breakwaters. A protective stone wall was added in 1911.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Moyne River: 5500". Vicnames. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Belfast Lough & Moyne River Estuary Environmental Management Plan" (PDF). Ecos Environmental Consulting (PDF). Moyne Shire Council. 2005. pp. 15–16. Retrieved 21 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Map of Moyne River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 21 June 2014.

External links[edit]

Media related to Moyne River (Victoria) at Wikimedia Commons