Spero River

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Country Australia
State Tasmania
Regions West Coast, South West
 - left Pery River
 - location below Thirkell Hill
 - elevation 291 m (955 ft)
 - coordinates 42°40′35″S 145°34′1″E / 42.67639°S 145.56694°E / -42.67639; 145.56694
Mouth Spero Bay, Southern Ocean
 - location Point Hibbs
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 42°38′10″S 145°19′58″E / 42.63611°S 145.33278°E / -42.63611; 145.33278Coordinates: 42°38′10″S 145°19′58″E / 42.63611°S 145.33278°E / -42.63611; 145.33278
Length 29 km (18 mi)
Reservoir Lake Burbury
Nature reserve Southwest Conservation Area
Location of the Spero River mouth
in Tasmania

The Spero River is a perennial river located in the West Coast or South West region of Tasmania, Australia.

Course and features[edit]

The Spero River rises below Thirkell Hill on an unnamed range within the Southwest Conservation Area. The river flows generally north by west, joined by the Pery River and one minor tributary before reaching its mouth and emptying into Spero Bay, south east of Point Hibbs, eventually flowing into the Southern Ocean. The river descends 287 metres (942 ft) over its 29-kilometre (18 mi) course.[1]

The river mouth is located on a walking track entitled the Hibbs Lagoon to Low Rocky Point, approximately 58 kilometres (36 mi), 12-days plus, along the south western coast of Tasmania that is considered the most difficult section of the coast.[2]

Much of the course of the river is isolated with very limited direct contact with the outside world, however a Huon Pine timber venture in the 1930s and 1940s saw some level of activity in the area [3] and in the same era the closest council considered track making from Birchs Inlet on Macquarie Harbour [4]

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  1. ^ a b "Map of Spero River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015. 
  2. ^ Chapmans, John (2008). South West Tasmania (5th ed.). p. 186. ISBN 978-1-920995-03-4. 
  3. ^ Kerr, Garry; McDermott, Harry (1999). "Chapter 5; The Spero River Venture". The Huon Pine Story - A History of the harvest and use of a unique timber. Portland, Victoria: Mainsail Books. pp. 85–95. ISBN 0-9577917-0-4. 
  4. ^ "STRAHAN COUNCIL.". The Mercury (Hobart, Tas. : 1860-1954) (Hobart, Tas.: National Library of Australia). 13 September 1935. p. 2. Retrieved 11 July 2011.