Kimberley region of Western Australia. The lower Ord river and the conjunction with Cambridge Ord airport map pdf create the most northern estuarine environment in Western Australia.
The Ord River Irrigation Scheme was built in stages during the 20th century. Australia’s largest artificial lake by volume, Lake Argyle was completed in 1972. The lower reaches of the river support an important wetland area known as the Ord River Floodplain, a protected area which contains numerous mangrove forests, lagoons, creeks, flats and extensive floodplains. It was named in honour of Sir Harry St.
George Ord GCMG, CB, RE, Governor of Western Australia from 1877 to 1880, by Alexander Forrest on 2 August 1879. I have named this river the Ord, after His Excellency the Governor of Western Australia, who has taken so great an interest in this expedition.
Marked a tree F 158. The headwaters of the Ord river are located below the 983 metre Mount Wells and initially flows east and around the edge of Purnululu National Park before heading north through Lake Argyle then passing west of Kununurra and discharging into the Cambridge Gulf, which is at the southern extremity of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf, Timor Sea. The river has 35 tributaries of which the five longest are Bow River, Nicholson River, Dunham River, Panton River and Negri Rivers. Substantial wooden dams constructed on a double row of jarrah piles driven into the bed of the river, with a core wall of puddle clay between, would appear to form suitable weirs.
Between 1935 and 1942 drought affected the Kimberley Pastoral Industry and the Ord Scheme can thank this drought for its existence. The focus in 1937 was that a dam on the Ord could supplement the pastoral industry. Ivanhoe Station somewhere near Carlton Reach. Carlton Reach was the largest waterhole in the Kimberley, being naturally dammed and held back by the Bandicoot Bar, a quartzite rock bar that held back the waterhole for many miles forming a natural permanent lake.