Pallinup River

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Pallinup River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source 10 km southeast of Broomehill
323 metres (1,060 ft)[1]
River mouth Beaufort Inlet
Basin size 4,795 square kilometres (1,851 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 250 kilometres (155 mi)
  • Average rate:
    24,800 ML/a (0.79 m3/s; 27.8 cu ft/s)[3]

Pallinup River is a river located in the Great Southern region of Western Australia.

The Pallinup rises 10 km southeast of Broomehill, and flows in a southeasterly direction toward the coast passing through Kybelup Pool and discharging into the Southern Ocean via Beaufort Inlet.

The river is one of the longest rivers in the region and its tributaries flow through the towns of Borden and Gnowangerup.

The local Noongar people also know the river as the Mara River and it is regarded as a place of historical importance as the Noongar have camped, fished and traded along the banks of the river for generations.[4]

The river is ephemeral and the estuary at Beaufort inlet can be closed to the sea for long period of time by a sand bar in the channel.[5]

The water in the river is considered to be saline and explains why the river was also known as the Salt River [6] with salinity levels varying from 3 when the river is flowing to over 50‰ in pools during summer.


The Pallinup has many tributaries including Warperup Creek, Six Mile Creek, Pendenup Creek, Peendebup Creek, Monjebup Creek and Corackerup Creek. No potable surface water sources are present in the Pallinup. The water quality ranges from brackish to saline. The best quality water streams exist in the Stirling Range National Park area of the catchment, which is the occasional source of snow-melt water.[2]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Pallinup River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  2. ^ a b Parker, Kaylene; Janicke, Steve; Drysdale, Travis; O'Connor, Joanne; Barber, Lea (March 2003). "State of the Pallinup River and the Beaufort Inlet" (pdf). Department of Water, Government of Western Australia. Perth, WA: Water and Rivers Commission. Retrieved 25 January 2016. 
  3. ^ "South Coast Rivercare - Pallinup". 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2010. 
  4. ^ "The Nature Conservancy - G'day from Gondwana Link in Australia". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  5. ^ "Aussie Heritage - Beaufort Inlet Area". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 
  6. ^ "Department of Environment - Parantechinus apicalis — Dibbler". 2008. Retrieved 3 June 2008. 

Coordinates: 34°27′42.69″S 118°51′10.24″E / 34.4618583°S 118.8528444°E / -34.4618583; 118.8528444