Suttor River

The Suttor River is a river in Central Queensland, Australia. The Belyando River is its main tributary.[3] The river has its origins in the Leichhardt Range, north west of Glenden. It flows into Lake Dalrymple, becoming a tributary of the Burdekin River.[4]

Suttor River
Physical characteristics
  locationLeichhardt Range
  elevation348 metres (1,142 ft)
Lake Dalrymple
158 metres (518 ft)[1]
Basin size73,936 square kilometres (28,547 sq mi)[2]


A DIWA wetlands can be found along the course of the river. The 332 hectares (820 acres) wetland known as the Scartwater Aggregation is a floodplain upstream from Lake Dalrymple where the river is split into two major channels by Scartwater Hill, a sandstone outcrop, the channels contain two large permanent waterholes.[5]


Jangga, also known as Yangga, is a language of Central Queensland. The Jangga language region includes the landscape within the local government boundaries of the Etheridge Shire Council.[6]

The river was named after William Henry Suttor on 7 March 1845 by explorer Ludwig Leichhardt on his expedition from Moreton Bay to Port Essington. Suttor had given Leichhardt some bullocks for his expedition.[7][8]

The Suttor River Causeway is a stone causeway built across the Suttor River on the Old Bowen Downs Road (today at St Anns Road, Mount Coolon). It was built in 1876 by Queensland Department of Public Works and is now listed on the Queensland Heritage Register as a rare example of the road construction techniques and materials employed in the state at the time.[9]

See also


  1. "Map of Suttor River, Qld". Bonzle. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  2. "Suttor River drainage sub-basin — facts and maps, WetlandInfo". Department of Environment and Heritage Protection, Queensland. 2014. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  3. "Water resources – Overview – Queensland – Surface Water Management Area: Belyando / Suttor". Australian Natural Resources Atlas. Department of the Environment, Water, Heritage and the Arts. Archived from the original on 22 June 2009. Retrieved 19 May 2009.
  4. "Queensland Globe". State of Queensland. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  5. "Scartwater Aggregation – QLD204". Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia. Australian Government. 2012. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  6. This Wikipedia article incorporates CC-BY-4.0 licensed text from: "Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages map". State Library of Queensland. State Library of Queensland. Retrieved 30 January 2020.
  7. "Early explorers". Australian Government. Retrieved 12 October 2014.
  8. "Suttor River – watercourse in the Charters Towers Region (entry 32941)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 30 April 2019.
  9. "Suttor River Causeway, Old Bowen Downs Road (entry 601777)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 1 August 2014.

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