ASHBURTON, a river of Western Australia, rising in the
mountains west of the Great Sandy Desert, and following a
course north-westward for 400 m., into Exmouth Gulf. In its
upper reaches it flows through a rich gold-bearing district to
which it gives name, and nearer its mouth it traverses a vast
tract of fine pastoral country. The outlet for both these districts
is the port of Onslow, at the mouth of the river, near which there
are several pearl-fishing stations. The river is not navigable.
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