KALGAN RIVER

Margaret Stevens

Buderim Meadows, Australia

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Albany, Western Australia
The river is 140 kilometres (87 mi) long and, along with the King River, drains into Oyster Harbour. The lower 9 km of the river take the form of a drowned river valley with steep hillsides of forest and farmland, and the occasional outcrop of granite.The river’s source is west of the Stirling Ranges. It rises north-west of Kendenup and flows generally southwards until it reaches Oyster Harbour about 10 km north-east of Albany. The Kalgan River is the region’s fourth largest river in terms of average annual flow (53,400 megalitres), and has the third largest catchment area (2,562 km²).
History
The Kalgan River was named the ‘Riviere des Francais’ by the French Scientific Expedition in 1803, captained by French explorer Nicolas Baudin, in the ship Géographe, which anchored in what is now known as Frenchmans Bay, and was subsequently known as the ‘French River’ by early settlers. The explorer Dr. Alexander Collie recorded the river as ‘Kal-gan-up’ in April 1831. The name Kalganup is believed to be the Noongar word for ‘place of many waters’.Kalganup is also thought to mean ‘place of fishes’ and there are still the remains of Aboriginal fish traps to prove the point.
Luke Pen Walk
The Luke Pen Walk is a track that follows the Kalgan River; it was constructed in 1997. The walk is described as easy with the terrain being generally flat and even. With a total length of 9 kilometres (6 mi) it can take about 4 hours to complete the round trip.The Luke Pen Walk was named after Dr Luke Pen, a local scientist, who made significant contributions to the local community with his preservation work. The walk was named in 2002 following the death of Dr Pen.18 The northern end of the walk is near the Upper Kalgan Bridge and is on the eastern bank of the river, the southern end of the walk is located at the end of East Bank road about 3 kilometres (2 mi) north of the lower Kalgan bridge.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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