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Outlet Creek
Outlet Creek
Wimmera River
Wimmera River
Gawler Ranges
Gawler Ranges
mallee
mallee
Belah
Belah
random
random
rivers
rivers
cropping and grazing
cropping and grazing
salt and saltbush
salt and saltbush
Tyrell Creek
Tyrell Creek
woodland
woodland
mostly Mungo
mostly Mungo

Wimmera River

Desert Sheoak

Desert Sheoak

Birdcage

Mallee Ringneck

Mallee Ringneck

Birdcage

Winter green

Winter green

Rainbow district

White-eared Honeyeater

White-eared Honeyeater

Birdcage

Nighthunter

Nighthunter

Horseshoe Bend

Regent Parrot

Regent Parrot

Lake Hindmarsh

Southern Scrub-robin

Southern Scrub-robin

Horseshoe Bend

Southern Scrub-robin

Southern Scrub-robin

Horseshoe Bend

Wimmera River

Wimmera River

Ackle Bend

Mistletoe

Mistletoe

Snape Reserve

Lake Hindmarsh

Lake Hindmarsh

Lake Hindmarsh


By far the largest waterway in inland western Victoria, the Wimmera River rises not far from Ararat and runs west, gathering most of its flow from the Pyrenees and the northern Grampians, before turning north near Horsham and gradually dwindling into the semi-arid sands of the Mallee, eventually — in a good year — emptying into Lake Hindmarsh near Jeparit. From there it is known as Outlet Creek, which in wet years continues blindly north towards the Murray, filling the very large, shallow lake beds along its course one by one. It never reaches the Murray. The vast Wirrengen Plain near the northern edge of the Big Desert hasn't filled since the middle of the 19th century, and because of diversions for irrigation much further south, will never fill again.