Tarra River (Victoria)

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Tarra (Blindit'yin[1][2])
Name origin: In honour of Charley Tarra.[4][5]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), South Gippsland
Local government area Shire of Wellington
Part of West Gippsland catchment
 - left Bodman Creek
Source Strzelecki Ranges
 - location near Womerah
 - elevation 238 m (781 ft)
 - coordinates 37°27′16″S 146°32′30″E / 37.45444°S 146.54167°E / -37.45444; 146.54167
Mouth Corner Inlet, then Bass Strait
 - location east of Port Albert
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°39′42″S 146°43′7″E / 38.66167°S 146.71861°E / -38.66167; 146.71861Coordinates: 38°39′42″S 146°43′7″E / 38.66167°S 146.71861°E / -38.66167; 146.71861
Length 56 km (35 mi)
Waterfall Tarra Falls
Location of the Perry River mouth in Victoria

The Tarra River is a perennial river of the West Gippsland catchment, located in the South Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Tarra River rises on the southern slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges, near Womerah, on the southwestern boundary of the Tarra-Bulga National Park, and flows in a highly meandering course generally east then south, joined by one minor tributary before reaching its mouth within the Corner Inlet, east of Port Albert, and emptying into Bass Strait. The river descends 238 metres (781 ft) over its 56-kilometre (35 mi) course.[6]

The river is traversed by the South Gippsland Highway between Yarram and Greenmount.[6]


In the Australian Aboriginal Braiakaulung language the name for the river is Blindit'yin, meaning "platypus".[1][2]

The river was named in honour of Charley Tarra, a Gippsland Company Aboriginal guide.[4][5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Tarra River: 27130: Traditional name: Blindit'yin". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 May 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Tarra River: 27130: Traditional name: Blindit'yin". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Tarra River: 27130". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Brodribb, William Adams (1883). Recollections of an Australian squatter: 1835-1883. Sydney: Woods. 
  5. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria". The Australian National Placename Survey. Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 
  6. ^ a b c "Map of Tarra River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 7 March 2014. 

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