Wetland Wanderings - Jerringot

Brochure 11 in the series covering information on Wetland Wanderings.

Welcome to Jerringot. Jerringot is a Wadawurrung word meaning ‘water all around’ or ‘place of billabongs’. It was a camping ground and meeting place of local Wathaurong tribes.

It is an important wetland habitat that requires careful management to help preserve the large number of species that live within.

Have a walk around or simply peer through the bird hide and take in the magic surroundings of Jerringot.


Jerringot is located on the Barwon Heads Road heading from Geelong.

Site Description

The Jerringot Wetland is a freshwater marsh consisting of two main wetland areas, and is linked to the Barwon River floodplain. It is home to many native plants and a high concentration of native birds and animals, including a range of rare and threatened species.

The City of Greater Geelong, Geelong Field Naturalists Club and the Friends of Belmont Common have worked tirelessly to clean up and revitalize the Jerringot Wetland.

The renewed health of the wetland and the important habitat it provides is a real achievement considering it is surrounded by a golf course, industrial area and Council’s Belmont Operations Centre.

Map of the Jerringot area showing points of interest including two images
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Biodiversity Values

Jerringot Wetlands is home to a range of frog species including the endangered Growling Grass Frog.

Over 120 species of birds visit or live at Jerringot Wetland through the year. The internationally significant Latham’s Snipe fly 20,000 kilometres to south eastern Australia from Japan, arriving early spring and staying until late summer.

Ten waterbirds recorded in the Jerringot Wetland are internationally significant. These include the:

  • Australian Shoveler
  • Hardhead
  • Baillon’s Crake
  • Cattle Egret
  • Latham’s Snipe
  • Sharp-tailed Sandpipe
  • Caspian Tern
  • Great Egret and
  • Cattle Egret.

Jerringot Wetland contains 12 species of plants which are considered regionally significant including the rare Common Nardoo and Water Plantain.

The Australian Mudfish is found in six places in Victoria, and one of these is the Jerringot Wetland. The wetland is also home to the Common Glaxias, Spotted Galaxias and the Shortfinned Eel.

Logos of sponsor organisations: action Salinity & Water Australia, Corangamite Catchment Management Authority, Geelong Region Wetlands Project and Parks Victoria

A project sponsored by the Corangamite Catchment Management Authority National Action Plan for Salinity and Water Quality program. A joint Initiative of the Victorian and Australian Governments.

This site is part of the Wetland Wanderings Ecotour. Each wetland site has its own brochure highlighting the features of the site in more detail. Some sites may be drive by only and some are close to a parking bay so you can stop, read the site information from the selected brochure and go for a wander around the wetland.

Happy Wetland Wandering.

Page last updated: Monday, 9 December 2019