South West, Western Australia

Names such as the South West or South West corner, when used to refer to a specific area of Western Australia, denote a region that has been defined in several different ways.

While styles like South-West and Southwest have sometimes been used, most media outlets and official sources in Western Australia now use Australian English spelling conventions, under which the names of intercardinal points are two separate and unhyphenated words, i.e. "South West".

Such names now usually refer to areas immediately south of the Perth metropolitan area and west of the Wheatbelt. Its narrowest and most specific usage is in reference to the official, government-designated South West region. However, broader usages may include the entire south-western quarter of Australia.

In regard to Western Australia, "South West" may refer to:

Regions of Western Australia
The official South West Region is a relatively small area.

See also

Abba River

The Abba River is a river in the South West of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Whicher Range in the Millbrook State Forest then flow in a northerly direction. The river crosses the Vasse Highway and then through Wonnerup Siding before discharging into the Vasse Estuary East of Busselton and finally the Indian Ocean.

The river was named in 1834 by Frederick Ludlow. The name is Aboriginal in origin and is a greeting word used by the local peoples.Construction of a bridge over the Abba and the Sabina River commenced in 1860, despite dreadful weather, and the rivers running high at the time.

Balgarup River

Balgarup River is a river in Western Australia that has its headwaters south-east of Kojonup just below Byenup Hill.

The river flows is a north-westerly direction crossing Albany Highway south of Kojonup then through the town of Muradup and continues in the north-west direction until it joins the Blackwood River of which it is a tributary.

The only tributary to the Balgarup river is Mandalup Brook.

The name originated from Aborigine language and is thought to mean place of the Blackboy trees.The first person to chart the river was surveyor Alfred Hillman in 1840.

Bannister River

Bannister River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river rises to the east of North Bannister and flows in a southerly direction discharging into the Hotham River near Boddington.

The river was named after Captain Thomas Bannister who was the first European to discover the river in 1830 by Surveyor General John Septimus Roe in 1832.

Beaufort River

The Beaufort River is a river in the South West of Western Australia.

The river was named in 1835 by John Septimus Roe, Surveyor General of Western Australia, after a friend Rear Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort who was Hydrographer of the Navy from 1829-1855.The rivers has its headwaters west of Woodanilling near Melbourne Vale and flows in a westerly direction until it flows into the Arthur River near Duranillin. The Arthur River is a tributary of the Blackwood River.

The only tributary of the river is the 7.5 kilometres (5 mi) Beaufort River East that joins the main river just east of where it crosses Albany Highway.

The river's catchment falls within the Blackwood catchment's Beaufort zone as part of the Beaufort system. The system is composed of broad valley floors with a grey sandy duplex and was previously a wandoo sheoak woodland but has now mostly been cleared for agriculture.

Brunswick River (Western Australia)

Brunswick River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river rises in the Darling Range then flows south-west discharging into the Collie River near Australind.

The river was named in 1830 by Lieutenant-Governor James Stirling after Ernest Augustus, King of Hanover, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg, the fifth son and eighth child of George III. Over a period of 5 days in December 1813, while in command of H. M. Sloop Brazen, Captain Stirling took the Duke and his entourage to Wijk aan Zee in Holland.The Brunswick has six tributaries; Wellesley River, Ernest River, Elvira Gully, Augustus River, Frederic River and Lunenburgh River.

Carbunup River

The Carbunup River is located in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The mouth of the Carbunup River is approximately 20 kilometres (12 mi) west of Busselton where the river flows into Geographe Bay.

The Carbunup River is 36 kilometres (22 mi) in length and flows north from its headwaters in the Treeton State Forest/Whicher Range in the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.The nearest water courses are Mary Brook to the West and Buayanyup River to the east; both of these rivers travel in a parallel direction to the Carbunup River. The catchment area is 170 square kilometres (65.6 sq mi) of which 55% is cleared. The Carbunup River is located in the Leeuwin-Naturaliste area where it crosses two physiographic regions, the 15 km wide Swan Coastal Plain and the gently undulating Blackwood Plateau.

The only tributary of the river is Island Brook.

Collie River

The Collie River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The Collie River was named by Lieutenant Governor Stirling after Dr Alexander Collie who, along with Lieutenant William Preston, in November 1829 was the first European to explore the river.The Collie River Catchment is located in the south-west of Western Australia, it covers over 3,000 km² and includes the Wellington Reservoir. For Western Australia's growing population the reservoir is considered a valuable resource, but the water is too salty for drinking.

The Waters and Rivers Commission has a target of reducing the salinity of the river water to 500 mg/L by 2015 as a part of the State Salinity Strategy.

Ferguson River (Western Australia)

Ferguson River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river has a total length of 36 kilometres (22 mi) and rises in the Darling Range below Wellington Mill then flows in a north-westerly direction until discharging into the Preston River at Picton near Bunbury. The only tributary of the river is Hough Brook.

The river was named after Dr. John Ferguson by the surveyor H.M. Ommanney. Ferguson owned a property along the river that Ommanney was surveying at the time.

The Ferguson Valley is becoming a tourist area in the Shire of Dardanup with several wineries, restaurants, boutique breweries and art galleries to be found amongst the picturesque rolling hills. The area is also still utilised for grazing of dairy cattle.

Margaret River

The Margaret River is a river in southwest Western Australia. In a small catchment, it is the eponym of the town and tourist region of Margaret River.

The river arises from a catchment of just 40 square kilometres in the Whicher Range.The middle reaches passes through land cleared for agriculture, especially viticulture.

There is a weir across the river just above the town. The mouth of the river is a small estuary, closed to the ocean by a sandbar that opens only seasonally.

Margaret River is presumed to be named after Margaret Wyche, cousin of John Garrett Bussell (founder of Busselton) in 1831.

Margaret River, Western Australia

Margaret River is a town in the South West of Western Australia, located in the valley of the eponymous Margaret River, 277 kilometres (172 mi) south of Perth, the state capital. Its Local Government Area is the Shire of Augusta-Margaret River.

Margaret River's coast to the west of the town is a renowned surfing location, with worldwide fame for its surf breaks including, but not limited to, Main Break, The Box, and Rivadog. Colloquially, the area is referred to as Margs, or Margie Rivs.The surrounding area is the Margaret River Wine Region and is known for its wine production and tourism, attracting an estimated 500,000 visitors annually. In earlier days the area was better known for hardwood timber and agricultural production.

Preston River

The Preston River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river has a total length of 84 kilometres (52 mi) and rises near Goonac siding then flows in a north-westerly direction until discharging into the Leschenault Estuary.

The headwaters are 80 kilometres (50 mi) inland within the Darling Range and run across the Blackwood Plateau and the Swan Coastal Plain.

The majority of the river catchment has been cleared for agriculture although some remnant forest vegetation exists at the headwaters.

The towns of Donnybrook and Boyanup are on the shores of the Preston River.

The major tributaries of the river include the Ferguson River and Joshua Creek. Minor tributaries include Thomson Brook, Crooked Brook, Charley Creek, Waterfall Gully, Mininup Brook, Millbrook and Gavin Guly. The Glen Mervyn Dam is along the Preston River.

The river basin is monitored routinely as a result of eutrophication problems within the Leschenault Inlet. The water quality is fresh in many places and generally low in nutrients although some areas are slightly enriched with nitrogen.

Sabina River

The Sabina River is a river in the South West of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Whicher Range near the edge of the Millbrook State Forest and then flowing in the northerly direction. The river crosses the Vasse Highway then Sues Road and finally Bussell Highway before discharging into Vasse Estuary near Busselton and finally into the Indian Ocean via Wonnerup Inlet and Geographe Bay.

Construction of bridge over the Abba and Sabina rivers commenced in 1860, despite dreadful weather, and the rivers running high at the time.

South Dandalup River

South Dandalup River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river rises at White Horse Hills North of Boddington and flows in westerly direction.

The river is in the Shire of Murray, it flows throughLake Banksiadale near Dwellingup, crosses the South Western Highway north of Pinjarra to its confluence with the North Dandalup River east of Ravenswood.

The two tributaries of the South Dandalup River are Conjurunup Creek and Boomer Brook.

At Lake Banksiadale the river is dammed by South Dandalup Dam, the largest dam providing water to Perth, Western Australia's capital city.

South West (Western Australia)

The South West region is one of the nine regions of Western Australia. It is so named because it is located in the south-west corner of Western Australia. The South West region has an area of 23,970 km², and a population of about 170,000 people, which is predicted to rise to 217,000 people by 2023.

Tone River (Western Australia)

The Tone River is a river in the South West of Western Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise South West of Kojonup and flow in a south-westerly direction crossing Muirs Highway through Strachan then discharging into the Warren River in Lake Muir Nature Reserve.

The river has four tributaries, Cockatoo Creek, Chowerup Creek, Murrin Brook and Mettabinup Creek.

Walpole, Western Australia

Walpole is a town in the south-western region of Western Australia, located approximately 430 kilometres (270 mi) south southeast of Perth and 66 kilometres (41 mi) west of Denmark.

Weld River

The Weld River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia.

The river rises below Mount Burnside in the Lake Muir State forest. The river flows in a southerly direction through the Shannon National Park until it flows into the Deep River, of which it is a tributary.

The water quality of the river is excellent and is considered fresh.

Worsley River (Western Australia)

Worsley River is a river in the South West region of Western Australia. The river rises in the Darling Range 2 km south of the old timber town of Worsley then flows east and south discharging into the Collie River in Wellington Reservoir.The Worsley River was named after Charles Anderson-Pelham, Lord Worsley, patron of the Western Australian Land and Emigration Committee, which included James Stirling, John Hutt, William Hutt (MP), Edward Barrett-Lennard and Captain Bunbury. The committee promoted emigration to the Swan River colony and the Western Australian Land Company, which established the Australind land settlement project in 1841 under Marshall Clifton. The name was first recorded in surveys performed in the area in 1845.The Worsley has no named tributaries.

Yallingup, Western Australia

Yallingup is a town in the South West region of Western Australia, 266 kilometres (165 mi) south of Perth. Yallingup is a popular tourist destination because of its beaches and limestone caves, and proximity to Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park.

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