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Inland waters and wetlands

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

Pelicans (photo: Fiona Smith)

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Eastern Banjo Frog (Photo: J.Tscharke)

Photo by: Parks Victoria

Location: Inland waters and wetlands

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

Wetland (Photo: Arthur Mostead)

Photo by: 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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Call to protect Lake Colac treasures

09 May 2016

Parks Victoria is urging residents and visitors to protect their local heritage as water levels in Lake Colac and surrounding lakes have dropped to expose lake beds not seen for years. The empty lakes have been attracting visitors keen to investigate further as well as inspiring community minded people to…

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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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Public planting day and information session

29 May 2016 10:00am-12:00pm

As a 20 Million Trees Programme service provider, CO2 Australia is working with Parks Victoria to restore 1,200 ha of endangered Buloke Woodlands within the Murray-Sunset National Park. We will be planting more than 1,440,000 native trees on two sites—Taparoo Road and Pink Lakes. Local Landcare groups and members of…

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Murrindal Cave Tour

27 Jun 2016 1:00pm-2:30pm

A rare opportunity to visit spectacular caves located to the north of Buchan. Be prepared for something very special. The tour requires a 14km drive north of Buchan and a reasonable level of fitness. Discounts apply for multiple tours.

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Lilly Pilly Cave Tour

28 Jun 2016 10:00am-11:30am

A rare opportunity to visit spectacular caves located to the north of Buchan. Be prepared for something very special. The tour requires a 14km drive north of Buchan and a reasonable level of fitness. Discounts apply for multiple tours.