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The Bemm River is a perennial river, located in the East Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Mouth of the Bemm River at Sydenham Inlet, 2006.
Bemm River is located in Victoria
Bemm River
Mouth of the Bemm River in Victoria
EtymologyAboriginal (Gunai): binn or birn meaning "fish hawk"[1]
Native nameBinn
RegionSouth East Corner (IBRA), East Gippsland
Local government areaShire of East Gippsland
TownBemm River
Physical characteristics
Source confluenceErrinundra River and Combienbar River
 ⁃ locationBoulder Flat
 ⁃ coordinates37°28′34″S 148°55′39″E / 37.47611°S 148.92750°E / -37.47611; 148.92750
 ⁃ elevation165 m (541 ft)
MouthSydenham Inlet, Bass Strait
 ⁃ location
Cape Conran Coastal Park
 ⁃ coordinates
37°45′52″S 148°58′37″E / 37.76444°S 148.97694°E / -37.76444; 148.97694Coordinates: 37°45′52″S 148°58′37″E / 37.76444°S 148.97694°E / -37.76444; 148.97694
 ⁃ elevation
0 m (0 ft)
Length58 km (36 mi)
Basin features
River systemEast Gippsland catchment
 ⁃ leftPyramid Creek, Dinah Creek, Jungle Creek, Summer Creek
 ⁃ rightNixon Creek, Goolengook River, Crabhole Creek, McKenzie River (Victoria), Bellbird Creek
National parkCape Conran CP

Course and featuresEdit

Formed by the confluence of the Errinundra and Combienbar rivers, the Bemm River rises below near Boulder Flat, northwest of the town of Cann River. The river flows generally south then south by east, through the Bemm River Scenic Reserve and the Cape Conran Coastal Park, joined by the Goolengook and McKenzie rivers and six minor tributaries, before reaching its mouth with Bass Strait via Sydenham Inlet in the Shire of East Gippsland, near the settlement of Bemm River. The river descends 165 metres (541 ft) over its 58 kilometres (36 mi) course.[2]

The catchment area comprises mainly public land, including Errinundra National Park and the Lind National Park. These areas have a broad range of ecosystems including cool and warm temperate rainforest, ancient wet eucalypt forest, coastal heathland and banksia woodland. The Bemm River catchment area is managed by the East Gippsland Catchment Management Authority.


The name of the river is derived from the Aboriginal words binn or birn of the Gunai people, meaning "fish hawk".[1]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "Bemm River: 10400". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 11 January 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2014.
  2. ^ a b "Map of Bemm River, VIC". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 11 January 2014.

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