Taponga River facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsTaponga
|Other name(s)||Wild Dog|
|Region||South Eastern Highlands bioregion (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Northern Country/North Central|
|Local government area||Murrindindi Shire|
|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)|
|River system||Goulburn Broken catchment,
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.
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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