Werribee River 

 

The Werribee River is a major waterway in eastern Victoria, Australia. It rises in the Silvan Forest, flows generally north-westwards through the region, then turns west and flows into the western end of Port Phillip. At its confluence with the Cardigan River, the Werribee flows into Port Phillip, which eventually empties into the eastern end of Port Nelson in Gippsland. The river is the main waterway in the region, carrying both road and rail traffic, and serves as a source of water for irrigation and other uses.

The river is an important representative of the riverine biota of eastern Australia. The Werribee catchment covers about and contains a range of habitats, from artificial reservoirs and irrigation channels to native forests and wetlands.

The river is home to several threatened species, including the black-tailed mullet, New Zealand flat-back, southern brown trout and barred black-toothed mussel, as well as several rare or endangered species, including the silver-spotted galaxiid, sun-basking gecko, grass-eating heron, long-finned eel, southern Murray cod and eastern subspecies of grey-sided wallaby.

The Werribee River is one of the best whitewater rafting rivers in Werribee, Australia area. It is known as the ‘Playground of the Murray’ and is one of the newest and most popular whitewater rafting rivers in Australia. It is also one of the most scenic rivers in Victoria.

The river is surrounded by picturesque Victorian gorges, and is a popular destination for day trippers from Melbourne.

The river is a popular spot for rafters and kayakers. It is also a popular spot for fishing and boating. Many properties in the catchment are known for their beautiful water features.

The river runs through various gorges and has waterfalls, rapids and sections of class II-III whitewater.

The Werribee River is an important natural waterway in the north western suburbs of Melbourne. The river flows from its headwaters in the Gully, a small tributary to the Calder, before flowing through Werribee and emptying into the Werribee Estuary at Werribee Inlet. The Werribee River is listed as a high-priority waterway under the Metropolitan Water Supply Plan.
In the early days of European settlement, the Werribee River was known as the Noorambone. At one time it was one of the most important trading routes in northern Victoria.

The Werribee River catchment covers an area of approximately 700 square kilometres. The river drains the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range and is fed by numerous tributaries.