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Other name(s) Wild Dog
Country Australia
State Victoria
Region South Eastern Highlands bioregion (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Northern Country/North Central
Local government area Murrindindi Shire
Physical characteristics
Main source Victorian Alps, Great Dividing Range
below Rough Hill
837 m (2,746 ft)
River mouth confluence with the Big River
southeast of Eildon
316 m (1,037 ft)
Length 15 km (9.3 mi)
Basin features
River system Goulburn Broken catchment,
Murray-Darling basin

The Taponga River, an inland perennial river of the Goulburn Broken catchment, part of the Murray-Darling basin, is located in the lower South Eastern Highlands bioregion, alpine and Northern Country/North Central regions of the Australian state of Victoria. It flows from the northwestern slopes of the Australian Alps, north and joins with the Big River.


The Taponga River rises below Rough Hill, part of the Great Dividing Range and the river flows generally north by east through the Big River State Forest, joined by four minor tributaries before reaching its confluence with the Big River south of Eildon. The river descends 521 metres (1,709 ft) over its 15-kilometre (9.3 mi) course.


The name of the river is derived from the Australian Aboriginal Daungwurrung word tap, meaning a bronzewing pigeon. The river has variously been called the Wild Dog River and the Right Hand Branch of the Big River.


The river is popular for fishing, with abundant rainbow trout to 220 grams (7.8 oz) and a few large brown trout in the period from April to June. There are usually some small river blackfish.

A camping area is available, approximately 19 kilometres (12 mi) east of Marysville on the Eildon–Jamieson Road or the Big River State Forest Road. There is no booking system for the camp site.

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