Dunham River

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Dunham River
Old Dunham River Bridge and Crossing 1787 (157113943).jpg
Overtopping of Dunham River bridge caused by Cyclone Ingrid, 2005
Location
Country Australia
Physical characteristics
Source 
  elevation180 metres (591 ft) [1]
Mouth  
  location
Ord River
  elevation
31 metres (102 ft)
Length153 kilometres (95 mi) [2]
Basin size1,631 square kilometres (630 sq mi) [3]
Discharge 
  average261,200 ML/a (8.28 m3/s; 292.3 cu ft/s)

Dunham River is a river in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

The river rises between the Durack Range and the O'Donnell Range then flows north-west parallel with the Great Northern Highway to the east and the Bedford Stock Route to the west. The river then crosses the Great Northern Highway near Cabbage Tree Creek and continues north-west crossing the Victoria Highway and discharging into the Ord River west of Kununurra.

There are five tributaries of the Dunham; Cabbage Tree Creek, Pelican Creek, Macphee Creek, Rabbit Creek and Pumpkin Lookout Creek.

The river flows through one permanent waterhole, Flying Fox waterhole, toward the end of its journey.

The river is prone to flooding during rain events. In March 2000, the peak flow of the river was estimated at 2700 m3 s−1 during floods. [4]

The river was named in 1882 by explorer and Kimberley pioneer Michael Durack after the clergyman, Father Dunham of Brisbane, who in 1871 was the first priest to visit Cooper Creek in outback Queensland.

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References

  1. "Bonzle Digital Atlas - Map of Dunham River, WA". 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  2. Western Australian Land Information Authority. "History of river names – D" . Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  3. "Western Australian Department of Water - Water Resources Data - Streamflow Sites". 2008. Archived from the original on 24 August 2008. Retrieved 7 December 2008.
  4. "Ord river historic flows:Assessment of the impacts of regulations on flooding" (PDF). 2001. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 July 2008. Retrieved 26 April 2009.

Coordinates: 16°17′8″S128°9′16″E / 16.28556°S 128.15444°E / -16.28556; 128.15444