Estuaries are an important link between the ocean and land. A meeting place where fresh water from rivers and streams mixes with salty marine waters. Estuaries are dependent on both of these water sources to provide a diverse and healthy environment.

Estuaries in our region

The coastline of our region extends eastward from Kilcunda to Hollands Landing and takes in part of the Ramsar listed Gippsland Lakes and Corner Inlet.  The estuaries in our catchment area range from pristine to highly modified.  The following estuaries are in our region.

  • Bourne Creek, Powlett River, Coal Creek, Wreck Creek
  • Ayr Creek, Screw Creek, Anderson Inlet
  • Darby River, Tidal River and estuaries of Corner Inlet and the east side of Wilsons Promontory
  • Merriman Creek
  • estuarine reaches of rivers that enter into Lake Wellington


Coal Creek estuary at Harmers Haven

Estuaries in our region

A brief summary of the location, traits and background to the main estuaries in the WGCMA Catchment.

Should an estuary be opened or closed?

Estuaries are dynamic parts of the natural environment. On this page you can find out more about the process and reasoning behind the decision of when to artificially open an estuary.