Laura River (Queensland)
|Etymology||Laura, the wife of Archibald Campbell Macmillan|
|Region||Far North Queensland, Cape York Peninsula|
|Source||Great Dividing Range|
|⁃ location||below Mount Murray|
|⁃ elevation||234 m (768 ft)|
|Mouth||confluence with the Normanby River|
|south of Hope Vale|
|54 m (177 ft)|
|Length||126 km (78 mi)|
|River system||Normanby River|
|⁃ left||Mosman River, Kennedy Creek|
|⁃ right||Ninda Creek, Deighton River|
|National park||Lakefield National Park|
Course and features
The Laura River rises on the eastern slopes of the Great Dividing Range below Mount Murray. The river flows generally northwest, shadowed by the Peninsular Development Road from nearby Lakeland and then flows north through the town of Laura and then the river forms the western border of the Lakefield National Park, while the Peninsular Development Road continues north-west through Coen to reach the top of the peninsula at Bamaga. The river is joined by sixteen tributaries including the Deighton, Little Laura and Mosman rivers. The river reaches its confluence and empties into the Normanby River south of Hope Vale. The river descends 180 metres (590 ft) over its 126-kilometre (78 mi) course.
The river is crossed by the Mulligan Highway near Mount Gibson.
A railway bridge was built over this river, but because of a change in finances and plans it was never used, except for a test train.
The river was named as the Hearn River by William Hann on 19 October 1872, after his wife's family name. The name Laura was given by Archibald Macmillan, a road surveyor and explorer, after his wife, Laura Bower (nee Poingdestre).
- "Laura River". Queensland place names search. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- "Map of Laura River, QLD". Bonzle Digital Atlas of Australia. Retrieved 30 October 2015.
- Reader's Digest Map of Australia. Sydney, Australia: Reader's Digest Services Pty Limited. 1977. ISBN 0-909486-54-9.
- Jack, R. L. (1922). Northmost Australia. 2. Melbourne: George Robertson and Co. p. 422.
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