Yarriambiack Creek

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Yarriambiack
Yarriambiack Creek.JPG
Yarriambiack Creek at Brim
Yarriambiack Creek is located in Victoria
Yarriambiack Creek
Location of the Yarriambiack Creek mouth in Victoria
Location
CountryAustralia
StateVictoria
RegionMurray Darling Depression (IBRA), Wimmera
LGAsHorsham, Yarriambiack
TownsWarracknabeal, Brim, Beulah
Physical characteristics
SourceGreat Dividing Range
2nd sourceWimmera River
 ⁃ locationnear Drung Drung, east of Horsham
 ⁃ coordinates36°42′26.7″S 142°24′43.9″E / 36.707417°S 142.412194°E / -36.707417; 142.412194
 ⁃ elevation147 m (482 ft)
MouthLake Coorong
 ⁃ location
east of Hopetoun
 ⁃ coordinates
35°44′29.6″S 142°23′6.8″E / 35.741556°S 142.385222°E / -35.741556; 142.385222Coordinates: 35°44′29.6″S 142°23′6.8″E / 35.741556°S 142.385222°E / -35.741556; 142.385222
 ⁃ elevation
76 m (249 ft)
Length141 km (88 mi)
Basin features
River systemWimmera catchment
[1][2]

The Yarriambiack Creek, an inland intermittent watercourse of the Wimmera catchment, is located in the Wimmera region of the Australian state of Victoria. Rising on the northern slopes of the Great Dividing Range, the Yarriambiack Creek flows generally north and drains into Lake Coorong, one of a series of ephemeral lakes, northeast of Hopetoun.

Name[edit]

The name of the creek is thought to derive from Jarambuik, the name of a sub-group of the indigenous Wotjobaluk people; also once spelt Yarriambiac, Yarramberger and Yarrambeak.[3]

Location and features[edit]

Dry creek bed at Brim, 2012.

The Yarriambiack Creek is a distributary[4] of the Wimmera River and leaves the river near Drung Drung, approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) east of Horsham.

The watercourse flows northwards through Warracknabeal and empties into Lake Coorong just east of Hopetoun. The flow of the watercourse is intermittent and depends almost entirely on the level of the Wimmera River. After not flowing for most of the previous 15 years, it flooded in September 2010 and January 2011. Water was released from the Wimmera River in 2012 and flowed through the creek and ended in Warracknabeal. There are a number of weirs built along the creek to hold water. The Yarriambiack Creek descends 71 metres (233 ft) over its 141-kilometre (88 mi) course.[2]

At Warracknabeal, Brim, Beulah and Hopetoun there are picnic spots, camping areas, gardens and walking trails.

The creek is crossed by the Henty Highway at multiple points between Warracknabeal and Hopetoun.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yarriambiack Creek (entry 622381)". VICNAMES. Government of Victoria. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Map of Yarriambiack Creek, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 23 October 2014.
  3. ^ Wimmera Place Names
  4. ^ "Wimmera waterways". Wimmera Catchment Management Authority. Victorian Government. Retrieved 27 October 2014.