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La Trobe River


(La Trobe River)

Brayakooloong/ Gunai Country

Geographical Information

The Latrobe River is a perennial river located in West Gippsland. The Latrobe River and its associated sub-catchment is an important source for the Gippsland Lakes, draining the south eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range.[1]

It rises from the southern slopes of the Baw Baw plateau, then flows generally in an easterly direction, then south, and then east again through the La Trobe Valley joined by seventeen tributaries before reaching its mouth in Lake Wellington. It then goes to flow out of Lake Wellington and into Lake Victoria.  South of Bairnsdale the river forms its confluence the Forge Creek and Mitchell River and empties into Bass Strait southwest of Lakes Entrance.[2] 

First Nations Information

In the First Nations language the river is given two names, Durt’yowan, meaning “finger” and Tanjil, with no defined meaning.[3]

The river as it flows through the town of Sale forms part of the Gunai central dreaming story and journeys of Boran the Pelican, that you can read on the first link below.

It also feeds into the tranquil Sale wetlands that was like a supermarket for the Gunai people and forms part of the Bataluk Cultural Trail. Read more details on the link below.

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