1900 to 1970 floods

Date Stream Name Towns Affected Approx ARI1 (Years) Comments
1901

Yarra River

Melbourne

20

 
1906

Maribyrnong River  

Footscray / Kensington

100

Largest flood on record

1909

Loddon River

Laanecoorie

100

Largest on record, Laanecoorie and Bridgewater levels affected by dambreak

 

Loddon River

Bridgewater

100 

Bridgewater bridge blocked & washed away

 

Loddon River 

Serpentine

100 

 
 

Loddon River

Kerang

100

 
 

Avoca River

Charlton 

 

 
 

Yarrowee River 

Ballarat 

 

Highest flood levels on record 

 

Glenelg River

Casterton

 

 
 

Wimmera River 

Horsham 

100 

 
 

Wimmera River 

Glenorchy 

100 

 
 

Wimmera River

Dimboola

100 

 
 

Wimmera River

Jeparit 

100 

Relative low rainfall (82 mm) caused highest flows. Later floods reduced by storages

1916

Murray River

Echuca

100

Largest in the 20th Century

 

Goulburn River

Murchison

100

Largest in the 20th Century

 

Goulburn River

Seymour

100

 
 

Goulburn River

Shepparton

100

 
 

Maribyrnong River

Footscray/ Kensington

25

 
 

Gippsland Lakes

 

50?

No data

1917

Kiewa River

Kiewa

 

 
 

Ovens River

Wangaratta

50

 
 

Murray River

Albury

100

 
 

Murray River 

Corowa 

100 

 
 

Murray River 

Yarrawonga 

100 

 
 

Murray River 

Cobram 

100 

Levees breached at Cobram. Below Barmah much less impact as most flow diverts north into NSW effluents

 

Murray River

Mildura

30

 
1920

Tambo River

Bruthen

 

Largest flood on record

1923

Yarra River

Melbourne

20

 
1924

Bunyip River

Koo Wee Rup

30

 
1931

Murray River 

Mildura 

30 

Fourth largest on record 

1933

Yarrowee River 

Ballarat 

 

Extensive flooding in Ballarat East 

1934

Bunyip River 

Koo Wee Rup

>150 

Largest on records 

 

Snowy River

Orbost 

45 

 
 

Moe River 

Moe 

 

Largest on record 

 

LaTrobe River 

Rosedale 

100 

Largest on record 

 

Mitta Mitta River 

Tallandoon 

55 

 
 

Yarra River

Melbourne 

100 

Widespread areas flooded 

 

Yea River

Yea

100

 

1936

Mitchell River

Bairnsdale

100? 

Largest flood? No data 

1937

Bunyip River

Koo Wee Rup 

100

 
1939

Goulburn River 

Shepparton 

50 

 
1946

Glenelg River 

Casterton 

100 

Major damages in all Western districts, various bridges washed away 

 

Merri River 

Warrnambool

>100 

 
 

Moyne River 

Port Fairy 

>100 

 
 

Moyne River

Portland

>100

 
1949

Loddon River

Bendigo

 

 
1951

Gippsland Lakes

  

100 

Largest flood on record

1952

Bunyip River 

Koo Wee Rup 

20

 

 

Moorabool River 

Batesford 

60 

 

 

Barwon River 

Tallandoon 

55 

 
 

Yarra River

Geelong 

80 

Major industrial flood damages

 

Tambo River

Swifts Creek

55 

 

1954

Werribee River

Werribee 

 

 

 

Werribee River 

Bacchus March

50 

 
1955

Mitta Mitta River 

Tallandoon 

65 

Largest on record

1956

Murray River 

Mildura

100 

Representative of the 100-year ARI flood between Murrumbidgee and SA border 

 

Campaspe River 

Rochester 

>100 

 
 

Mitta Mitta River 

Tallandoon

20

 

 

Goulburn River 

Shepparton 

 20

 
1959

Yarra River 

Melbourne

20

 

 


1(ARI) see glossary for common terms used in floodplain management.

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