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Ovens River at Bright
Course of the Ovens River
|Native name||Burwang, Djerrang|
|Region||Australian Alps (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Hume|
|Local government areas||Alpine Shire, Wangaratta City, Moira Shire|
|Towns and cities||Harrietville, Bright, Porepunkah, Myrtleford, Wangaratta|
|Main source||Great Dividing Range|
|River mouth||confluence with the Murray River
125 m (410 ft)
|Length||191 km (119 mi)|
|River system||North-East Murray catchment,
|Basin size||7,778 km2 (3,003 sq mi)|
|National parks||Alpine NP, Mount Buffalo NP|
Location and features
Formed by the confluence of the East and West Branches of the river, the Ovens River rises in the Victorian Alps, at the settlement of Harrietville, sourced by runoff from high slopes located within the Alpine National Park and the Mount Buffalo National Park. The river flows generally north by west and is joined by eighteen tributaries including Morses Creek at Bright, the Buckland River at Porepunkah, the Buffalo River and then the King River at Wangaratta. The river descends 405 metres (1,329 ft) over its 191-kilometre (119 mi) course. The Great Alpine Road follows much of the course of the river in its upper reaches.
The river flows through the Ovens Valley, which is a popular tourist destination servicing the ski fields of Mount Hotham, Mount Buffalo and Falls Creek, the Alpine National Park and the Mount Buffalo National Park. Air sports such as gliding and paragliding are also practised here, and there is a hedge maze at Wandiligong. A disused railway line has been converted to the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail, a cycle trail which stretches from Wangaratta and Beechworth to Bright.
Tobacco was a major industry in the valley until 2006; that year saw the British American Tobacco and Philip Morris companies decide to no longer buy Australian tobacco, and the Federal Government began implementing a plan to transition growers out of this industry. Reminders of the valley's long and prosperous tobacco history continue to dot the valley, such as the many tobacco kilns
In the Aboriginal Waywurru language, the river has two names, Burwang, with no clearly defined meaning; and Djerrang, meaning "leaf".
List of towns
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