Sale River

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Sale River
Country Australia
Basin features
Main source Spong Pyramid
275 metres (902 ft)[1]
River mouth Doubtful Bay, Timor Sea
Sea level
Basin size 1,438 square kilometres (555 sq mi)[2]
Physical characteristics
Length 109 kilometres (68 mi)

The Sale River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia. The river was discovered and named on 9 June 1865 by an expedition from the short-lived Camden Harbor settlement (in Camden Sound) searching for pastoral land. The expedition comprised Alexander McRae, Trevarton Sholl, PC William Gee, John Stainer and an Aboriginal constable named Billy.[3]

The headwaters of the river rise near Spong Pyramid at the southern edge of the Elizabeth and Catherine Range and flow in a westerly direction before discharging into Doubtful Bay near Storr Island. The only tributary of the Sale is the Berckelman River, which was named after the family of Trevarton Sholl's mother.

The mouth of the Sale River at Doubtful Bay has a depth of about 30 metres (98 ft) but the mouth itself is blocked by a rock bar at low tide. Cruise boats regularly enter the river from the bay and many anchorages exist along the length of the river with gorges and sandy beaches that are popular with tourists.[4]


  1. ^ "Bonzle Digital Atlas – Map of Sale River". 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Modelled seabed response to possible climate change scenarios over the next 50 years in the Australian Northwest" (PDF). CSIRO. 1 March 2008. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "Friday September 15, 1865". Perth Gazette and W.A. Times. 15 Sep 1865. p. 2. Retrieved 14 Aug 2013. 
  4. ^ "Kimberley Cruising - Sale River". 2009. Retrieved 23 August 2010. 

Coordinates: 15°58′21″S 124°35′44″E / 15.97250°S 124.59556°E / -15.97250; 124.59556