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Native name Kugerungmome
Country Australia
State Victoria
Region South East Coastal Plain (IBRA), West Gippsland
Local government area Bass Coast
Physical characteristics
Main source Strzelecki Ranges
near Ellerside, north of Inverloch
42 m (138 ft)
River mouth Bass Strait
west of Wonthaggi
0 m (0 ft)
Length 27 km (17 mi)
Basin features
River system Western Port catchment
  • Right:
    Foster Creek

The Powlett River is a perennial river of the Western Port catchment, located in the West Gippsland region of the Australian state of Victoria.

Location and features

The Powlett River rises on the southern slopes of the Strzelecki Ranges, near Ellerside, north of Inverloch, and flows generally west, joined by one minor tributary, before reaching its mouth within Bass Strait, west of Wonthaggi, within the Shire of Bass Coast. The river descends 40 metres (130 ft) over its 27 kilometres (17 mi) course.

The river is traversed by the Bass Highway between Daylston and Wonthaggi.


In the Australian Aboriginal Boonwurrung language the name for the river is Kugerungmome, with no clearly defined meaning.

The river was named in 1840 in honour of Frederick Powlett, the Commissioner of the Western Port District.

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