Powlett River

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Powlett (Kugerungmome[1])
Name origin: In honour of Frederick Powlett, the Commissioner of the District of Western Port[3][4][5]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), West Gippsland
Local government area Bass Coast
Part of Western Port catchment
 - right Foster Creek
Source Strzelecki Ranges
 - location near Ellerside, north of Inverloch
 - elevation 42 m (138 ft)
 - coordinates 38°32′38″S 145°44′35″E / 38.54389°S 145.74306°E / -38.54389; 145.74306
Mouth Bass Strait
 - location west of Wonthaggi
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°35′0″S 145°30′39″E / 38.58333°S 145.51083°E / -38.58333; 145.51083Coordinates: 38°35′0″S 145°30′39″E / 38.58333°S 145.51083°E / -38.58333; 145.51083
Length 27 km (17 mi)
Powlett River is located in Victoria
Powlett River
Mouth of the Powlett River in Victoria

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

Location and features[edit]

The Powlett River rises on the southern slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges, near Ellerside, north of Inverloch, and flows generally west, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth within Bass Strait, west of Wonthaggi, within the Shire of Bass Coast. The river descends 40 metres (130 ft) over its 27 kilometres (17 mi) course.[6]

The river is traversed by the Bass Highway between Daylston and Wonthaggi.[6]


In the Australian Aboriginal Boonwurrung language the name for the river is Kugerungmome, with no clearly defined meaning.[1]

The river was named in 1840 in honour of Frederick Powlett,[3] the Commissioner of the Western Port District.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Powlett River: 23828: Traditional Name: Kugerungmome". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Powlett River: 23828". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 7 March 2014. Retrieved 7 March 2014.
  3. ^ a b Sales, P. M. "Powlett, Frederick Armand (1811–1865)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Canberra: Australian National University. Retrieved 7 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Blake, Les (1977). Place names of Victoria. Adelaide: Rigby. p. 294. ISBN 0-7270-0250-3.
  5. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). The Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011.
  6. ^ a b c "Map of Powlett River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2014.

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