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Steavenson
Steavenson Falls 10 January 1999.jpg
One of the five drops of the Steavenson Falls situated on the Steavenson River.
Native name Nur-ro-nur-ro
Other name(s) Steavensons, Stevenson
Country Australia
State Victoria
Region South Eastern Highlands bioregion (IBRA), Northern Country/North Central
Local government area Murrindindi
Towns Marysville, Buxton
Physical characteristics
Main source Yarra Ranges, Great Dividing Range
below Mount Edgar
813 m (2,667 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Acheron River
near Buxton
264 m (866 ft)
Length 20 km (12 mi)
Basin features
River system Goulburn Broken catchment,
Murray-Darling basin
Tributaries
  • Left:
    Wilks Creek
  • Right:
    Taggerty River, Keppel Creek
National park Yarra Ranges National Park

The Steavenson River, sometimes incorrectly referred to as Steavensons River, a minor inland perennial river of the Goulburn Broken catchment, part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the lower South Eastern Highlands bioregion and Northern Country/North Central regions of the Australian state of Victoria. The headwaters of the Steavenson River rise on the north–western slopes of the Yarra Ranges, below Mount Edgar and descend to flow into the Acheron River near Buxton.

Location and features

The river rises below Mount Edgar on the north–western slopes of the Yarra Ranges, part of the Great Dividing Range, within the Yarra Ranges National Park. The flows generally north by west, through rugged national park as the river descends, then north, joined by three tributaries including the Taggerty River, before reaching its confluence with the Acheron River near the settlement of Buxton. The river descends 549 metres (1,801 ft) over its 20-kilometre (12 mi) course.

The river is crossed by the Maroondah Highway south of Buxton. An anabranch of the river, called Little Steavenson River splits from the main river and reaches its confluence with the Acheron River, also near the settlement of Buxton.

Steavenson Falls, a 122-metre (400 ft) horsetail waterfall located in the upper reaches of the river, descends over five drops, the last having a clear drop of more than 21 metres (69 ft) and is situated approximately 3.4 kilometres (2.1 mi) east of Marysville.

Much of the catchment area of the river was destroyed by the Black Saturday bushfires that passed through the area on 7 February 2009, destroying almost all of the man made infrastructure and causing extensive damage to the forest in the area.

Etymology

In an Australian Aboriginal language, the river is believed to be named Nur-ro-nur-ro, with no defined meaning for the name.

It is believed that the lower reaches of the Steavenson River, from the confluence of the Taggerty River with the Steavenson River, at the locale of Vic Oak, until the river mouth near Buxton, may have been initially named as the Taggerty River, until the Steavenson was officially named.

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