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Location of Kendall River mouth in Queensland
Country Australia
State Queensland
Region Far North Queensland
Physical characteristics
Main source Great Dividing Range
northwest of Bally Junction
154 m (505 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Holroyd River
near the Kulinchin Outstation
3 m (9.8 ft)
14°12′21″S 141°37′39″E / 14.20583°S 141.62750°E / -14.20583; 141.62750
Length 167 km (104 mi)
Basin features
Basin size 4,851 km2 (1,873 sq mi)

The Kendall River is a river located in Far North Queensland, Australia.

The headwaters of the river rise in the Great Dividing Range and flows in a south westerly direction through mostly uninhabited country across Cape York Peninsula. It eventually discharges into the Holroyd River near the Kulinchin Outstation and then onto the Gulf of Carpentaria.

The river has a catchment area of 4,851 square kilometres (1,873 sq mi) of which an area of 93 square kilometres (36 sq mi) is composed of palustrine wetlands.


The traditional owners of the area are the Wik-Munkan and Mimungkun peoples.

Kugu Nganchara (also known as Wik, Wiknantjara, Wik Nganychara, Wik Ngencherr. See also related Wik languages) is a traditional language of the area which includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Cook Shire.

Named by the pastoralists, Francis Lascelles Jardine and Alexander William Jardine in 1863. It was originally known as Kendall Creek and was named after a poet friend of their surveyor, Thomas Henry Kendall.

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