Wooramel River

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Country Australia
State Western Australia
Region Gascoyne
Source McLeod Pyramid
 - elevation 357 m (1,171 ft)
 - coordinates 25°47′12″S 116°40′23″E / 25.78667°S 116.67306°E / -25.78667; 116.67306
Mouth Shark Bay
 - location near Herald Loop
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 25°52′59″S 114°13′57″E / 25.88306°S 114.23250°E / -25.88306; 114.23250Coordinates: 25°52′59″S 114°13′57″E / 25.88306°S 114.23250°E / -25.88306; 114.23250
Length 363 km (226 mi)
Basin 40,500 km2 (15,637 sq mi)

The Wooramel River is an ephemeral river[2] in the Gascoyne region of Western Australia.

The river rises near McLeod Pyramid and flows in a westerly direction, joined by six tributaries including the Wooramel River North, Bilung Creek, One Gum Creek and Nyarra Creek.[1] The river is crossed by the Carnarvon-Mullewa Road near Pandara, through the Carandibby Range, and crossed by the North West Coastal Highway near the Wooramel Roadhouse, then discharging into Shark Bay and the Indian Ocean near Herald Loop. The catchment area has been approximately 40% cleared.[3] The river descends 357 metres (1,171 ft) over its 363 kilometres (226 mi) course.[1]

The river has a non-pristine estuary that has been mostly unmodified.

The estuary contains the seagrass Ruppia megacarpa and is naturally open to the ocean for two to six weeks per year, usually following a wet winter or a cyclonic event.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Map of Wooramel River, WA". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2008. Retrieved 6 February 2009. 
  2. ^ a b "Gascoyne Regional Planning and Infrastructure Framework" (PDF). Department of Planning Western Australia. 1 July 2012. Retrieved 16 January 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Esutary assessment framework for non-pristine estuaries - Esutuary 909 Wooramel River". Government of Australia. 2010. Retrieved 16 January 2014.