Gellibrand River

Name origin: In honour of Joseph Gellibrand[2][3]
Country Australia
State Victoria
Regions South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), The Otways
Local government area Colac Otway Shire
Part of Corangamite catchment
 - left Carlisle River
Landmarks Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Walk
Source Otway Ranges
 - location near Upper Gellibrand
 - elevation 356 m (1,168 ft)
 - coordinates 38°31′58″S 143°36′27″E / 38.53278°S 143.60750°E / -38.53278; 143.60750
Mouth Great Australian Bight
 - location Princetown
 - elevation 0 m (0 ft)
 - coordinates 38°42′23″S 143°9′27″E / 38.70639°S 143.15750°E / -38.70639; 143.15750Coordinates: 38°42′23″S 143°9′27″E / 38.70639°S 143.15750°E / -38.70639; 143.15750
Length 96 km (60 mi)
National parks Great Otway; Port Campbell
Reservoir West Gellibrand Dam
Location of the Gellibrand River mouth
in Victoria

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

Location and features

The Gellibrand River rises in the Otway Ranges in southwest Victoria, near the locality of Upper Gellibrand in the Beech Forest. The river flows in a highly meandering course generally west, and then south by west through the Great Otway National Park and Port Campbell National Park, joined by fourteen tributaries including the Carlisle River, before reaching its river mouth and emptying into the Great Australian Bight, at the locality of Princetown. From its highest point, the river descends 256 metres (840 ft) over its 94-kilometre (58 mi) course.[4]

It its upper reaches, the river is impounded by the West Gellibrand Dam.[4]


The river was named after Joseph Gellibrand, a solicitor from Van Diemen's Land.[2][3]

See also


  1. 1 2 "Gellibrand River: 2966". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Retrieved 1 June 2014.
  2. 1 2 Blake, Les (1977), Place names of Victoria, Adelaide: Rigby, p. 294, ISBN 0-7270-0250-3
  3. 1 2 Bird, Eric (12 October 2006). "Place Names on the Coast of Victoria" (PDF). Australian National Placename Survey (ANPS). Archived from the original (PDF) on 9 February 2011. Retrieved 10 September 2010.
  4. 1 2 3 "Map of Gellibrand River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 1 June 2014.

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