Estuary name Spring Creek Estuary
CMA Corangamite CMA

Spring Creek Estuary is approximately 2km in length, with a catchment area of 153.0Ha, and enters the sea at the popular Torquay surf beach. The estuary s bordered by the Spring Creek Reserve which contains unique and rare Moonah Woodlands and Bellarine Yellowgums.

Estuary Values
  • canoeing
  • fishing
  • walking
  • bike riding.
  • Bellarine Yellow Gum (Eucalyptus leucoxylon subsp. bellarinesis) Status: Threatened (Adv List)
  • Coastal Moonah Woodland is a threatened plant community found adjacent to the estuary.
Estuary Threats
  • degraded estuarine vegetation
  • artificial estuary openings
  • degraded water quality
  •  livestock access upstream of the estuary
  •  degraded riparian vegetation upstream of the estuary
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group Spring Creek EstuaryWatchers
Document Spring Creek Estuary Fact Sheet



Site details Options

S1 Boardwalk near estuary mouth

Active Physico-Chemical 24-06-2007 - 15-12-2018
Boardwalk near estuary mouth
Observations 116

S2 Middle fishing platform

Active Physico-Chemical 08-07-2007 - 15-12-2018
Middle fishing platform opposite first green on golf course
Observations 108

S3 Footbridge upstream of Great Ocean Road at Torquay

Active Physico-Chemical 08-07-2007 - 15-12-2018
Footbridge upstream of Great Ocean Road at Torquay
Observations 115

S4 Footbridge approximately 50m downstream of Aurora Crescent

Active Physico-Chemical 08-07-2007 - 15-12-2018

Bank approximately 50m upstream of Aurora Crescent

Observations 109

SGB Spring Creek Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
Water level gauge board located on inland side of footbridge upstream of the GOR bridge on the western river bank.

SMC Mouth Condition Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 24-06-2007 - 15-12-2018
Changing platform at the front of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
Observations 168

Sp1 Changing platform at the front of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club

Active Photopoint 04-04-2011 - 17-12-2018
Changing platform at the front of Torquay Surf Life Saving Club
Photos 384

Recent Events

Event Details
18-06-2018 Estuary Entrance Opening

Permitted artificial estuary opening.

15-06-2018 Estuary Entrance Opening

This morning GORCC attempted a permitted “shallow” artificial opening and despite a steady flow the incoming tide has built up sand back over the cut in the berm. The berm has now been fully restored and the estuary is filling up with ocean waves washing over the berm.


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Estuary Snapshots

The EstuaryWatch snapshots provide a summary of estuary condition on a particular day. For all EstuaryWatch Snapshots, photopoint photos and a longitudinal water quality profile from the estuary mouth  to the inland extent is displayed. Read more

Full estuary snapshots below use dates where samples at every active monitoring site were recorded. View full and partial snapshots

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

Autumn 2018

Summer 2018

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