Jerringot Wetland   Barwon Heads Rd, Belmont

This reserve has important environmental values and is managed by the City with conservation in mind.

Jerringot Wetland is a freshwater marsh within Belmont Common and is part of the Barwon River's natural floodplain. It is a surprising sanctuary for wildlife within an urban setting.

The name ‘Jerringot’ comes from the Wathaurong language and means ‘water all around’ or ‘place of billabongs’. The wetland is stormwater-fed, and with its current plentiful water will be a very active breeding and nesting site for water birds during spring and summer.

Jerringot is an important refuge for wildlife. Even though it is a modified wetland it has high environmental value. Over 120 species of birds visit or live at Jerringot through the year. The internationally significant Latham’s Snipe fly 20,000km from Japan to south eastern Australia and can be found in good numbers during spring and summer. Other significant species include the Australian Shoveler, Hardhead, Baillion’s Crake, Cattle Egret, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper and Great Egret.

It is an excellent habitat for frogs, including the endangered Growling Grass Frog. Native fish such as Common and Spotted Galaxias and the rare Australian mudfish find a home in the waters as well as many aquatic plant species.

River Red Gum, River Bottlebrush and Teatree, as well as thickets of Tangled Lignum fringe the river side of the wetland.

Managing the wetland

The Geelong Field Naturalists Club has worked tirelessly to care for Jerringot over many years. Workers for Wetlands have improved the habitat by providing a range of nesting boxes.

As part of our conservation reserves program we undertake regular environmental work such as the control of invasive species, weeding and revegetation. We are now developing a master plan to protect Jerringot and guide its future.

Tips when visiting

A short walking path runs part way around the reserve and links to the Barwon River trail. Interpretive signs tell a story about Jerringot’s natural features. There are seats to take a break and contemplate the surrounding wetland. Or take your binoculars and spend some time in the bird observation hide at the front of the car park (on the entrance road to Barwon Valley Golf Club).
  • Please be careful not to leave rubbish
  • Please clean up after your dog
  • Jerringot is an important nesting site for water birds, it is important to keep dogs on a lead and away from nesting sites.