The Weld Valley, located in southern Tasmania, is an area of aboriginal cultural heritage and natural history within the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area.[2] The valley stretches north-west of Huonville and is approximately 50 kilometres (31 mi) west of Hobart.

Weld Valley
Geography
LocationSouth West Tasmania, Australia
Population centersHuonville
Coordinates42°57′S 146°36′E / 42.95°S 146.6°E / -42.95; 146.6
RiversWeld River
Weld
Weld Valley is located in Tasmania
Weld Valley
Location of mouth of the Weld River in Tasmania
EtymologyMount Weld / Weld Valley
Location
CountryAustralia
StateTasmania
Physical characteristics
SourceMount Mueller
 ⁃ coordinates42°47′29″S 146°25′57″E / 42.79139°S 146.43250°E / -42.79139; 146.43250
 ⁃ elevation868 m (2,848 ft)
MouthHuon River
 ⁃ location
Arve Plains
 ⁃ coordinates
43°3′21″S 146°46′1″E / 43.05583°S 146.76694°E / -43.05583; 146.76694Coordinates: 43°3′21″S 146°46′1″E / 43.05583°S 146.76694°E / -43.05583; 146.76694
 ⁃ elevation
56 m (184 ft)
Length53 km (33 mi)
Basin features
River systemHuon River catchment
Tributaries 
 ⁃ rightSnake River
National parkSouthwest National Park
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RiverEdit

The Weld River, one of two rivers of the same name located in Tasmania, rises below Mount Mueller in the Tasmanian Wilderness, south west of Maydena and the Styx River and just south of the Gordon River Road, 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) east of the southern shores of Lake Gordon. The Weld River flows from its source near Lake Gordon to its confluence with the Huon River on the Arve Plains. The river descends 811 metres (2,661 ft) over its 53-kilometre (33 mi) course.[1]

CavesEdit

The Weld Valley is home to a number of archaeological caves which contain evidence of human use dating back to at least 20,000 years ago.[3] Bone Cave approximately is 29,000 years old.[4]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Map of Weld River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 2 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Weld Valley Forests" (PDF). Forestry Australia. Archived from the original (PDF) on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 19 September 2010.
  3. ^ Green, Graham; Gray, Alen; McQuillan, Peter. "Biodiversity impacts and sustainability implications of clearfell logging in the Weld Valley, Tasmania" (PDF). Blue Tier. Timber Workers for Forests. p. 6. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Monroe, M.H. "Bone Cave". Australia: The Land Where Time Began. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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