Styx River (Tasmania)

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Tasmania logging 04 Styx River from rumbly bridge.jpg
Logged trees in the Styx Valley, as seen from Rumbly Bridge over the Styx River.
Country Australia
State Tasmania
Part of River Derwent
 - right Charon Rivulet, Cliff Creek, South Styx River, Big Creek (Tasmania)
Landmark Styx Valley
Source Mount Mueller
 - elevation 1,110 m (3,642 ft)
 - coordinates 42°46′12″S 146°27′00″E / 42.77000°S 146.45000°E / -42.77000; 146.45000
Mouth Confluence with River Derwent
 - location Macquarie Plains
 - elevation 24 m (79 ft)
 - coordinates 42°43′23″S 146°54′17″E / 42.72306°S 146.90472°E / -42.72306; 146.90472Coordinates: 42°43′23″S 146°54′17″E / 42.72306°S 146.90472°E / -42.72306; 146.90472
Length 59 km (37 mi)
Styx River (Tasmania) is located in Tasmania
Styx River (Tasmania)
Location of the mouth in Tasmania

The Styx River is a perennial river that is located in the centre of southern Tasmania, Australia. The upper reaches of the Styx River are located in the Tasmanian Wilderness, south west of Maydena. The river is a popular destination for river-rafting and canoeing.

Location and features[edit]

The Styx River rises below Mount Mueller at an elevation of 1,110 metres (3,640 ft) above sea level and flows generally east by north, joined by five minor tributaries, before reaching its confluence with the River Derwent near Macquarie Plains, west of New Norfolk. The river descends 1,090 metres (3,580 ft) over its 59-kilometre (37 mi) course.[1]

The Styx Valley contains old growth forests including the tallest hardwood trees on earth, Eucalyptus regnans. The Wilderness Society and Senator Bob Brown have campaigned to save the forest from clearing for woodchips.[2] Some trees are so large they have become tourist attractions and named, including the Christmas Tree and Chapel Tree.

The first settlers in the Styx Valley arrived in 1812.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Map of Styx River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 August 2015. 
  2. ^ "Thousands Rally to Save Australia's Tallest Trees". Newswire. 14 July 2003. Retrieved 29 May 2008. 
  3. ^ "Bushy Park". The Age. 8 February 2004. Retrieved 29 May 2008.