The Avalon Wetland is a renowned bird-watching area that provides
important habitat for migratory birds, waterfowl and endangered species.
The site forms part of the Port
Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar
site, which means it is a wetland of international importance. It is also home
to several bird species listed under international migratory bird agreements.
About the wetlands
Located on the northern shores of Corio Bay and adjacent to
Limeburners Bay, the Avalon Wetland contains a variety of habitats. These
include large areas of intertidal mudflat and seagrass beds, extensive areas of
saltmarsh, small stands of White
Mangrove, reed bed, the salt evaporation lagoons of the Avalon saltworks
and the grass filtration paddocks and sewerage treatment lagoons of the
Werribee Treatment Complex.
What to look for
As you’re walking around, keep an eye out for areas of remnant native
grassland, mangroves and saltmarsh fields. These provide refuge for a variety
of native fauna.
Notable flora includes:
The wetlands are also highly significant for waterbirds, with over
85 waterbird species recorded here. Threatened species you might see include:
- Australasian Bittern
- Baillon’s Crake
- Blue-billed Duck
- Cape Barren Goose
- Fairy Tern
- Lewin’s Rail
- Little Tern
- Orange-Bellied Parrot
Other notable species to keep an eye out for include:
Enjoy the beautiful views across the bay to Geelong.