Perry River (Victoria)

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Perry (Goomballa[1][2])
Providence Ponds[3]
Name origin: In honour of Captain Samuel Perry[4]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), West Gippsland
Local government area Shire of Wellington
Part of West Gippsland catchment
 - right Sandy Creek (Perry River, Victoria), Jones Creek (Perry River, Victoria), Fiddlers Creek
 - location Fernbank
 - elevation 66 m (217 ft)
Mouth confluence with the Avon River
 - location southeast of Stratford
 - elevation 3 m (10 ft)
 - coordinates 38°2′38″S 147°15′50″E / 38.04389°S 147.26389°E / -38.04389; 147.26389Coordinates: 38°2′38″S 147°15′50″E / 38.04389°S 147.26389°E / -38.04389; 147.26389
Length 29 km (18 mi)
National park The Lakes National Park
Nature reserve Providence Ponds Nature Conservation Reserve
Location of the Perry River mouth in Victoria

The Perry River is a perennial river of the West Gippsland catchment, located in the Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Perry River rises near Fernbank on the West Gippsland plain and flows in a highly meandering course generally south, joined by three minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Avon River before the Avon empties into Lake Wellington southeast of Stratford. Within Lake Wellington, the Avon forms its confluence with the Latrobe River, empties into Bass Strait via the Mitchell River south of Lakes Entrance. The river descends 63 metres (207 ft) over its 29-kilometre (18 mi) course.[5]


In the Australian Aboriginal Brataualung language the name for the river is Goomballa, meaning "climbing".[1][2]

The river was named in 1840 by Count Paweł Strzelecki after Captain Samuel Perry, deputy Surveyor General of New South Wales.[4][6][7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Perry River: 23400: Traditional name: Goomballa". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Perry River: 23400: Traditional name: Goomballa". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  3. ^ a b c "Perry River: 23400". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Blake, Les (1977). Place names of Victoria. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 294. ISBN 0-7270-0250-3. , cited in Bird (2006)
  5. ^ a b "Map of Perry River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 9 February 2014. 
  6. ^ Dowd, Bernard T. (1967). "Perry, Samuel Augustus (1787 - 1854)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 12 February 2011. 
  7. ^ Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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