Managed by Parks Victoria, the Lake Connewarre State Game
Reserve is one of Victoria’s most significant wetland areas and one of the
largest estuaries in the state.
The Barwon River and associated lakes, swamps and
floodplains connected to Lake Connewarre have estuarine fauna not found
elsewhere along the Victorian coast. In particular, they include species
specially adapted to saltwater and freshwater conditions.
About this wetland
Lake Connewarre is a large, shallow, estuarine lagoon linked
to the sea by the mangrove-fringed channel of the Lower Barwon River. It
contains a diverse range of wetlands and vegetation including mangrove and
It features a variety of swamps, marshes, lakes and river
areas and provides habitat to a wide range fauna. It is also the largest area
of native vegetation on the Bellarine Peninsula.
What to look for
In total, 149 bird species have been recorded in the reserve
and the area regularly hosts 10,000 ducks and swans, as well as 1 per cent of
the Australian population of Chestnut Teal.
Other birds to look out for include:
Parrot – these birds may be found on the extensive
stands of saltmarsh in <when>
species of cormorant
The lower reaches of the Barwon River in particular attract
flocks, which commonly include:
Lake Connewarre is home to some rare plant communities
including Australian Salt- grass grasslands, Silky Watsonia herbland, Poa
grassland and Melaleuca scrub.
The lake also harbours extensive seagrass
meadows, which provide important spawning and nursery sites for fish.
Things to do
are several entry points to the lake, but only some sections feature walking
For a good viewing spot, head east and turn left into
Stacey’s Road (before you reach the Barwon Heads airport), then follow the road
down to the end.