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Inland waters and wetlands

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

2 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Victoria has a rich variety of inland and estuarine aquatic environments, including flowing waters such as creeks, streams and rivers; and standing waters such as lakes and wetlands. These waters can be permanent or ephemeral, such as intermittently flooded wetlands and red gum floodplains.

Inland waters and wetlands provide habitat for a variety of animals. Some species such as fish and frogs require water throughout their life cycle, some may use aquatic areas for a specific stage of their life cycle (e.g. birds and amphibians), while others may require aquatic environments for resources such as food or as a corridor for movement. The right conditions can result in large and spectacular breeding colonies.

The forest canopy of tall eucalypts, large wattles and broad-leafed shrubs supports 80 per cent of Victoria's possums, gliders and bats and most of the common forest birds and arboreal skinks. The river banks and the rivers themselves support a vast range of invertebrates providing a food source for many native species, including platypus and water rats, kingfishers and swallows, frogs, fish, water skinks and snakes.

More about inland waters and wetlands

  • There are over 17,000 wetlands larger than 1ha in Victoria
  • Inland waters and wetlands, coupled with the surrounding land, support natural processes that purify water while cycling nutrients and sediments
  • They provide important focal points for recreation, tourism and cultural enrichment.

Key Threats

  • Changes to flow regimes
  • Frequency and intensity of flooding – flooding is necessary to provide moisture for the germination and survival of red gum seeds
  • Particularly prone to weed invasion.

Where to see inland waters and wetlands

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Special Olympics National Games

20 Oct 2014 4:00pm - 24 Oct 2014 5:00pm

The 10 Special Olympics National Games (SONG) is the flagship event for Special Olympics Australia and will be held in Melbourne from October 20 to 24 predominantly at venues at Albert Park. It provides an opportunity for athletes with intellectual disabilities from around Australia in ages ranging from 9 through…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Lysterfield Lake Park

21 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am

To celebrate Bird Week 2014, join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk through Lysterfield Lake Park. Lysterfield Park has a variety of habitat types which make it a great place for bird watching. The park also has a bird hide which allows visitors to sit…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Wilsons Promontory National Park

22 Oct 2014 10:00am-11:30am

Want to know how to find more birds? Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird walk at Wilsons Promontory National Park to discover the best areas to spot birds. As a part of Bird Week 2014 all bird sightings from this activity will be added to the…

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Ranger Guided Bird Walk - Coolart Wetlands and Homestead

23 Oct 2014 10:00am-12:00pm

Join a Parks Victoria ranger on a free guided bird watching walk to celebrate Bird Week 2014. Coolart Wetlands and Homestead has a mix of heritage gardens, native bushland, coastal scrub and wetlands which create a perfect bird watching space. With a mix of bird hides and heritage buildings to…