Our wetlands and waterways

Take yourself for a wander through our precious wetlands and waterways and learn more about the many important species that call them home. 

There are over 100 individual wetlands covering a total of 11,630 hectares in the Greater Geelong region.

From coastal and freshwater wetlands, to major waterways and smaller creek systems, these areas make up a significant part of the total habitat remaining in the Geelong area.

Three of our wetlands are internationally-recognised under the Ramsar Convention, but all support a diverse range of plants, birds and other animals, including a number of rare or threatened species.

Each of the sites we’ve chosen to feature as part of our wetland wanderings are suitable for day trips, school excursions and self-guided tours. 

Click on the relevant wetland to find out more:

* A Ramsar-listed Wetland of International Importance.

When visiting wetlands...

  • Keep 200 metres away from roosting, breeding or feeding birds.
  • Keep dogs on a lead and away from bird areas and clean up after them.
  • Don’t trample plants, as coastal and wetland plants are easily damaged and can take many years to recover. 
  • Don’t leave any rubbish behind, as it will pollute the wetland and can directly kill or injure wildlife.

Page last updated: Wednesday, 1 March 2023