Shaw River (Victoria)

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Name origin: In honour of James Shaw Kennedy.[2][3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions Victorian Midlands, Naracoorte Coastal Plain (IBRA), Western District
Local government area Glenelg Shire
Part of Glenelg Hopkins catchment
 - left Ware Creek
 - right Carmichael Creek, Kangaroo Creek (Victoria)
Landmark Great Ocean Road
 - location near Ripponlea
 - elevation 174 m (571 ft)
 - coordinates 38°0′54″S 142°8′15″E / 38.01500°S 142.13750°E / -38.01500; 142.13750
Mouth confluence with the Eumeralla River in Lake Yambuk
 - location southwest of Yambuk
 - elevation −1 m (−3 ft)
 - coordinates 38°19′12″S 142°3′6″E / 38.32000°S 142.05167°E / -38.32000; 142.05167Coordinates: 38°19′12″S 142°3′6″E / 38.32000°S 142.05167°E / -38.32000; 142.05167
Length 51 km (32 mi)
Lake Lake Yambuk
Important Bird Area Yambuk
Location of the Shaw River mouth
in Victoria

The Shaw River, a perennial river of the Glenelg Hopkins catchment, is located in the Western District of Victoria, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Shaw River rises near Ripponlea and flows generally south, across a coastal plain,[5] joined by three minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Eumeralla River in Lake Yambuk. The Eumeralla empties into Portland Bay in the Great Australian Bight south of Yambuk. The river descends 174 metres (571 ft) over its 51-kilometre (32 mi) course.[4]

The river is traversed by the Great Ocean Road near its confluence with the Eumeralla River in Lake Yambuk, at the Yambuk Important Bird Area.


It was named by Major Mitchell in 1836 after General Sir James Shaw Kennedy, a Peninsular War veteran.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Shaw River: 7125". Vicnames. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Mitchell, Thomas (1838). "Three Expeditions into the interior of Eastern Australia". London: Boone. 
  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 Shaw River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 20 June 2014. 
  5. ^ "Sub-Catchment P3". Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority. Retrieved 11 May 2009.