Jordan River (Tasmania)

The Jordan River is a perennial river located in the Midlands region of Tasmania, Australia.

Jordan River as it flows under the Jordan River Bridge, on the East Derwent Highway
Location of the Jordan River mouth in Tasmania
SettlementsPontville, Brighton
Physical characteristics
SourceLake Tiberias, Tasmania
  locationbelow Mount Anstey
  coordinates42°24′52″S 147°20′2″E
  elevation382 m (1,253 ft)
MouthRiver Derwent
near Gagebrook
42°45′44″S 147°15′32″E
0 m (0 ft)
Length111 km (69 mi)
Basin features
River systemRiver Derwent catchment

Course and features

The Jordan River rises in Lake Tiberias below Mount Anstey, south of the settlement of Jericho, near Oatlands. The river flows generally north, then west by south, joined by eight minor tributaries and passes by Brighton before reaching its mouth at Herdsman's Cove and emptying into the Derwent River near Gagebrook.[2][3] The river descends 382 metres (1,253 ft) over its 111-kilometre (69 mi) course.[1]

The river is associated with aboriginal heritage;[4][5][6][7] and the East Derwent Highway crosses the river.

See also


  1. "Map of Jordan River, TAS". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. 2015. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  2. West, Rev. John. "History of Tasmania". Project Gutenberg.
  3. "Tasmanian water resources survey: third report: the River Jordan". Tasmania: Rivers and Water Supply Commission. 1967. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  4. Gaffney, Lisa; Stockton, Jim (June 1980). "Results of the Jordan River [Tasmania] Midden excavation". Australian Archaeology (10): 68–78. ISSN 0312-2417.
  5. "National heritage under threat lutruwita, Tasmania: kutalayna, Jordan River". Tasmanian Aboriginal Centre. 2011. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  6. "Artefacts found on site of proposed road". ABC News. Australia. 16 March 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2015.
  7. "Final archaeology report on the test excavations of the Jordan River levee site Southern Tasmania". Robert Paton Archaeological Studies Pty Ltd. 2010. Retrieved 5 April 2015.

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