Woady Yaloak River

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Woady Yaloak
Woady Yaloak River at Cressy
Woady Yaloak River is located in Victoria
Woady Yaloak River
Location of the Woady Yaloak River mouth
in Victoria
EtymologyAboriginal Wathawurrung: Wurdi-yaluk: meaning "big creek"[1]
Native nameWurdi-yaluk;[1] Currarerer[2]
RegionWestern District Lakes (IBRA)
LGACorangamite Shire
Physical characteristics
SourceBlack Hill (Victoria)
 • locationwest of Ballarat
 • coordinates37°32′8″S 143°43′4″E / 37.53556°S 143.71778°E / -37.53556; 143.71778
 • elevation291 m (955 ft)
MouthLake Martin and then Lake Corangamite
 • coordinates
38°05′26″S 143°37′28″E / 38.09056°S 143.62444°E / -38.09056; 143.62444Coordinates: 38°05′26″S 143°37′28″E / 38.09056°S 143.62444°E / -38.09056; 143.62444
 • elevation
114 m (374 ft)
Length104 km (65 mi)
Basin features
River systemCorangamite catchment
 • leftMount Misery Creek, Kuruc-A-Ruc Creek
 • rightNaringhil Creek

The Woady Yaloak River[5] is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in the Western District Lakes region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Woady Yaloak River rises below Black Hill, west of Ballarat and flows generally south joined by three minor tributaries through the towns of Smythesdale, Scarsdale and Cressy before reaching its river mouth and emptying into Lake Martin and then Lake Corangamite. From its highest point, the river descends 280 metres (920 ft) over its meandering 104-kilometre (65 mi) course.[4]

The river is crossed by the Glenelg Highway west of Scarsdale and the Hamilton Highway at Cressy, and McMillans Bridge on the Rokewood-Skipton Road between Rokewood and Werneth.


In the Australian Aboriginal Wathawurrung language different sections of the river are given two names, Wurdi-yaluk or sometimes Wurdi-yaluk gundidj, meaning "big creek";[1] and Currarerer, with no defined meaning.[2] Variations on the spelling of the river's name have included Wandinyallock, Wardiyallock and Worriyallock.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Woady Yaloak River: 8780: Historical Information: Wurdi-yaluk". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Woady Yaloak River: 8780: Historical Information: Currarerer". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 12 August 2011. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Woady Yaloak River: 8780". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  4. ^ a b "Map of Woady Yaloak River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  5. ^ "Woady Yaloak River". Gazetteer of Australia online. Geoscience Australia, Australian Government.

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