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Inland waters and wetlands

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

3 years ago from Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

3 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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Discover Some Living History on National Tree Day

17 Jul 2015

The Friends of Dandenong Valley Parks and Parks Victoria are inviting the community to be part of living history on National Tree Day at Shepherds Bush on Sunday 26 July 2015. Many of Victoria’s oldest and most significant trees are found in parks and reserves across the state, including massive…

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What's on for 2015-2016 at Albert Park

1 Jul 2015 12:00am - 30 Jun 2016 12:00am

A wide variety of events are held at Albert Park throughout the year. Events range from fun runs and sporting tournaments to other community events. See the full calendar here.

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Fitzroy Walking Tour: To learn about contemporary Indigenous culture and aspirations

4 Aug 2015 10:30am-12:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Colin Hunter Jnr and starting from the fig tree on Nicholson St Fitzroy (across from top of Gertrude St). Learn about the…

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Merri Creek Trail, Darebin: Learn about Wurundjeri history and the Batman Treaty

4 Aug 2015 2:00pm-3:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Only one treaty was ever made with Aboriginal people, and that was the Batman Treaty with the Wurundjeri people, although it was not recognised by…

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Abbotsford Convent to Dights’ Falls: Learn about Wurundjeri History and Significant Sites

5 Aug 2015 11:00am-12:30pm

During Wurundjeri Week, Wurundjeri Council will be running various tours on Wurundjeri Country to educate the public on different aspects of Indigenous and Wurundjeri culture. Facilitated by Uncle Bill Nicholson and starting from Abbotsford Convent, hear about the history of the Wurundjeri people, Dights Falls and other significant sites.