Parker River

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Parker (Tjeerrang bundit[1])
Name origin: In honour of Amelia Parker[3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
Landmarks Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk, Cape Otway Lighthouse
Source Otway Ranges
 - location near Parker Spur
 - elevation 291 m (955 ft)
 - coordinates 38°44′51″S 143°34′19″E / 38.74750°S 143.57194°E / -38.74750; 143.57194
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location Cape Otway
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°50′43″S 143°33′40″E / 38.84528°S 143.56111°E / -38.84528; 143.56111Coordinates: 38°50′43″S 143°33′40″E / 38.84528°S 143.56111°E / -38.84528; 143.56111
Length 13 km (8 mi)
National park Great Otway National Park
Waterfall Upper Parker Falls; Lower Parker Falls
Location of the Parker River mouth
in Victoria

The Parker River is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in The Otways region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Parker River rises in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria, near Parkers Spur and flows generally south through the Great Otway National Park before reaching its river mouth and emptying into Bass Strait, east of Cape Otway and the Cape Otway Lighthouse, near Point Franklin. From its highest point, the river descends 291 metres (955 ft) over its 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) course.[4][5]


In the Australian Aboriginal Gadubanud language the river is named, Tjeerrang bundit, meaning "twigs of spear tree".[1]

The river was given its current name by surveyor George Smythe after Amelia Parker, to whom he was later married.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Parker River: 6162: Historical Information". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Parker River: 6162". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  4. ^ a b "Map of Parker River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Great Otway National Park and Otway Forest Park: Great West Otways - Kennett River to Princetown Marreeyn Visitor Guide" (PDF). parknote. Parks Victoria. p. 2. Retrieved 31 March 2012. 

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