Breamlea is a unique spot with just 100 houses nestled between
the coast and the unique saltmarsh and estuarine environment of Thompson Creek.
The large open dune system features coastal grassland and
shrubland vegetation and provides habitat for threatened species, including the Hooded Plover and Skipper
Breamlea has been a
holiday destination for over 40,000 years as it is said the Wadawurrung
migrated down Thompsons Creek during summer to harvest food from the sea.
About the estuary
The estuary of Thompson Creek supports a fascinating saltmarsh
community. Saltmarshes are highly productive areas that provide habitat for fish
breeding, shallow foraging areas for wading birds and water-filtering areas for
What to look for
The Breamlea Saltmarsh is a primary feeding ground for the threatened Orange-bellied
Parrot. This small parrot migrates annually from Tasmania, passing through
Victoria en route to South Australia.
Other bird species you might see
- Common Greenshank
- Crested Tern
- Double-banded Plover
- Grey Teal
- Masked Lapwing
- Red-capped Plover
- Red-necked Stint
- White-faced Heron
The aquatic and emergent vegetation of the Breamlea wetland
provides physical shelter for fish and other aquatic fauna.
Fish known to
inhabit the creek and wetland
- Australian Salmon
- Black Bream
- Common Galaxias
Things to do
Follow the trails around the area and visit Bancoora Beach.