|Main source||Mount Madden
188 metres (617 ft)
|River mouth||Culham Inlet
|Length||120 kilometres (75 mi)|
|Basin size||2,307 square kilometres (891 sq mi)|
Its headwaters rise on the sandplains below Mount Madden and flow in a southerly direction, crossing the South Coast Highway approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Ravensthorpe, entering the Fitzgerald River National Park and veering eastward to follow a fault-line in the Quartzite rocks around the Eastern end of the Barren Range. The river finally discharges into Culham Inlet and, when the inlet is open to the ocean, into the Southern Ocean.
There are six tributaries including West River, Jackilup Creek, Yarracarrup Creek and Kybalup Creek.
Phillips River flows for only a short time each year, mostly during the (southern) winter months in the middle of the year. The river water is naturally saline but varies from almost fresh to more saline then seawater.
From 1892, it was the site of a goldrush. A de facto town, known initially as Phillips River, sprang up. In 1901, the town was gazetted under the name Ravensthorpe.
- "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Phillips River". 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
- "South Coast Rivercare - Phillips River". 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2009.
- "Australian Dictionary of Biography - Phillips, Samuel Pole (1819 - 1901)". 2008. Retrieved 15 April 2009.
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