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Bendoc
Other name(s) Bendock
Country Australia
States Victoria, New South Wales
Region Australian Alps (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Snowy Mountains
LGAs East Gippsland, Snowy Monaro
Physical characteristics
Main source Errinundra Plateau
near Bendoc, East Gippsland, Victoria
848 m (2,782 ft)
River mouth confluence with Queensborough River to form the Little Plains River
near Craigie, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
756 m (2,480 ft)
Length 22 km (14 mi)
Basin features
River system Snowy River catchment
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Bidwell Creek, Snake Gully, Sawpit Creek, Brownlies Creek, Gibraltar Creek (New South Wales), Basin Creek, Tombong Creek
  • Right:
    Hutchinson Creek, Boundary Creek (New South Wales), Riverview Creek, Haydens Bog Creek, Little Plains River, Mother Moores Creek, Bombala River, Slaughter House Creek
National park Errinundra NP

The Bendoc River is a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, located in the Alpine regions of the states of Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.

Course and features

The Bendoc River rises within Errinundra National Park on the Errinundra Plateau, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south by east of Bendoc, in East Gippsland, Victoria. The river flows generally north northwest, west northeast, southeast, and then northeast, joined by four minor tributaries, before joining with the Queensborough River to form the Little Plains River approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south southwest of Craigie, north of the Black-Allan Line that forms part of the border between Victoria and New South Wales. The river descends 92 metres (302 ft) over its 22-kilometre (14 mi) course.

Etymology

The name of the river is believed to be derived from a dock that was located on the river in Victoria, adjacent to a pastoral lease held by Benjamin Boyd. The dock was named "Ben's Dock". However, there was a lack of uniformity in the spelling, variously as Bendoc or Bendock, in relation to a mountain, the river, a parish, and the town near the Victoria and New South Wales borders. In 1966, the Shire of Orbost informed the Victorian government that local sentiment wished to retain the spelling Bendoc. The matter was finalised when the decision of the Minister of Lands was published in the Victoria Government Gazette on 29 May 1968, proclaiming the town and river to be spelt Bendoc.

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