Wye River (Victoria)

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Wye river.jpg
The estuary of the Wye
Wye River (Victoria) is located in Victoria
Wye River (Victoria)
Location of the Wye River mouth
in Victoria
EtymologyRiver Wye[1]
RegionSouth East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
LGAColac Otway Shire
Physical characteristics
SourceOtway Ranges
 • coordinates38°36′3″S 143°47′44″E / 38.60083°S 143.79556°E / -38.60083; 143.79556
 • elevation601 m (1,972 ft)
MouthBass Strait
 • location
Wye River (town)
 • coordinates
38°37′49″S 143°50′48″E / 38.63028°S 143.84667°E / -38.63028; 143.84667Coordinates: 38°37′49″S 143°50′48″E / 38.63028°S 143.84667°E / -38.63028; 143.84667
 • elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length11 km (6.8 mi)
Basin features
River systemCorangamite catchment
National parkGreat Otway National Park

The Wye River is a perennial river of the Corangamite catchment, located in The Otways region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features[edit]

The Wye River rises in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria and flows generally east towards the town of Wye River where the river reaches its mouth and empties into Bass Strait, north of Cape Otway. From its highest point, the river descends 601 metres (1,972 ft) over its 11-kilometre (6.8 mi) course.[3]


The river was named by surveyor George Smythe and is derived from one of the rivers of the same name in the United Kingdom.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF) (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 February 2011.
  2. ^ "Wye River: 8932". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  3. ^ a b "Map of Wye River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014.

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