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Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary

Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary
from Ayesha Lawrence
 
Juvenile Moonlighter
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Purple Wrasse
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Ornate Cowfish
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Old Wife
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Gorgeous Algae
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Blue weed-whiting
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Red-handed Shrimp
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Rockpool rambling at Mushroom Reef!
from Parks Victoria
 
Mushroom Reef Intertial Rock Platforms
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Marine life in the sanctuary's diverse intert
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Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary
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Mushroom Reef
from Parks Victoria
 
Mushroom Reef Coastline
from Parks Victoria
 
Shoecrab (photo: Mark Norman)
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Mushroom Reef (photo: Mark Norman)
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Seadragon
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Small Gastropod (photo: Mark Norman)
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Park Statistics

  • Established:November 2002
  • Area:80ha
Snorkelling/SCUBA Diving
Surfing
Swimming

Named for its mushroom shaped reef, this park protects 80ha of the open coast of Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Composed of sandstone rock platforms extending from the shore, the park includes sheltered rock pools, coves and a shallow reef on the ocean side. The reef is formed from ancient basalt which has weathered beautifully, allowing creatures to hide within crevices and cracks or under loose rocks.

This area is famous for its diversity of marine life and has attracted scientists for over 100 years. The intertidal soft sediment is an important feeding and roosting habitat for many birds. When searching the rockpools one can find many crabs, multicoloured cushion seastars, numerous species of snails and delicate anemones.

The seafloor (2-3m) is covered with canopy forming brown algae and patches of seagrass which attract many species of fish such as morwongs, wrasse, cowfish and Victoria’s marine emblem, the Weedy Seadragon. If you’re lucky you may be able to spot a Black and White Seastar. This amazing creature is one of only two seastars known to brood its young in its stomach.

Access

This park can be easily accessed from Flinders.

Aboriginal Traditional Owners

Parks Victoria acknowledges the Aboriginal Traditional Owners of Victoria - including its parks and reserves. Through their cultural traditions, Aboriginal people maintain their connection to their ancestral lands and waters.

Indigenous tradition indicates that this sanctuary is part of the Country of Boonwurrung, who continue to have a close relationship with the sanctuary.

Further information is available from Aboriginal Affairs Victoria AAV and Native Title Services Victoria

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  • Enjoy the water Explore the fascinating rockpools. These rockpools are a popular destination for school groups studying Victoria’s marine life. Diving and snorkelling…

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