Bungala River

The Bungala River is a river located on the Fleurieu Peninsula in the Australian state of South Australia.

Location of the river mouth in South Australia
StateSouth Australia
RegionFleurieu Peninsula
Physical characteristics
  elevation225 m (738 ft)
MouthYankalilla Bay, Gulf St Vincent
35°26′S 138°18′E
0 m (0 ft)
Length13 km (8.1 mi)

Course and features

The river rises in the lower Inman Valley and flows generally north west through the Fleurieu Peninsula, through primarily agricultural surroundings and drains into the Gulf St Vincent. The Bungala flows past the town of Yankalilla, and empties into the Yankalilla Bay, part of the Gulf of St Vincent, near Normanville. The river descends 225 metres (738 ft) over its 13-kilometre (8.1 mi) course.[1]

The wetlands surrounding the river are classified as Brackish wetlands, with the estuary also having a brackish wetland system, and coastal dunes along the neighboring stretch of coast.[2]

The Yankalilla Bay Catchment Action Group and the Normanville Heritage Sand Dune Rehabilitation Group are environmental groups aiming to preserving and restoring the river's natural state, whilst maintaining its use by the surrounding community. The latter are concerned primarily with Yankalilla and further inland sections of the river,[3] and the former are concerned with the estuary and coastal section of the river.[4]


The river's name is derived from an Aboriginal name adopted for a house built on section 1171 in the Hundred of Yankalilla by Eli Butterworth in the 1860s. He and his brother John owned and operated a steam powered flour mill on adjoining land.[5]

See also


  1. "Map of Bungala River, SA". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  2. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Assessment of Fleurieu Wetlands (PDF), archived from the original (PDF) on 29 August 2007, retrieved 9 June 2007
  3. Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resources Management Board, Yankalilla Bay Catchment Action Group, retrieved 7 June 2007
  4. Mission Australia, Normanville Heratige, archived from the original on 29 August 2007, retrieved 9 June 2007
  5. Manning, G.H., "Bungala, River", Place Names of South Australia, State Library of South Australia, archived from the original on 14 June 2007, retrieved 9 June 2007

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