Bendoc River

The Bendoc River is a perennial river of the Snowy River catchment, located in the Alpine regions of the states of Victoria and New South Wales, Australia.

Location of the Bendoc River mouth, north of the Black-Allan Line in New South Wales
EtymologyBelieved to be derived from "Ben's Dock"[2]
StatesVictoria, New South Wales
RegionAustralian Alps (IBRA), Victorian Alps, Snowy Mountains
LGAsEast Gippsland, Snowy Monaro
Physical characteristics
SourceErrinundra Plateau
  locationnear Bendoc, East Gippsland, Victoria
  coordinates37°08′16″S 148°53′50″E
  elevation848 m (2,782 ft)
Mouthconfluence with Queensborough River to form the Little Plains River
near Craigie, Snowy Mountains, New South Wales
37°07′50″S 149°00′59″E
756 m (2,480 ft)
Length22 km (14 mi)
Basin features
River systemSnowy River catchment
  leftBidwell Creek, Snake Gully, Sawpit Creek, Brownlies Creek, Gibraltar Creek (New South Wales), Basin Creek, Tombong Creek
  rightHutchinson Creek, Boundary Creek (New South Wales), Riverview Creek, Haydens Bog Creek, Little Plains River, Mother Moores Creek, Bombala River, Slaughter House Creek
National parkErrinundra NP

Course and features

The Bendoc River rises within Errinundra National Park on the Errinundra Plateau, approximately 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) south by east of Bendoc, in East Gippsland, Victoria. The river flows generally north northwest, west northeast, southeast, and then northeast, joined by four minor tributaries, before joining with the Queensborough River to form the Little Plains River approximately 7 kilometres (4.3 mi) south southwest of Craigie, north of the Black-Allan Line that forms part of the border between Victoria and New South Wales.[1] The river descends 92 metres (302 ft) over its 22-kilometre (14 mi) course.[3]


The name of the river is believed to be derived from a dock that was located on the river in Victoria, adjacent to a pastoral lease held by Benjamin Boyd. The dock was named "Ben's Dock". However, there was a lack of uniformity in the spelling, variously as Bendoc or Bendock, in relation to a mountain, the river, a parish, and the town near the Victoria and New South Wales borders. In 1966, the Shire of Orbost informed the Victorian government that local sentiment wished to retain the spelling Bendoc. The matter was finalised when the decision of the Minister of Lands was published in the Victoria Government Gazette on 29 May 1968, proclaiming the town and river to be spelt Bendoc.[2]

See also


  1. "Bendoc River". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  2. "Bendoc River: 613509". Vicnames. Government of Victoria. 2 May 1966. Archived from the original on 12 January 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
  3. "Map of Bendoc River, NSW". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 2 June 2013.
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