Estuary name Anglesea River Estuary
CMA Corangamite CMA

The Anglesea River Estuary is approximately 2.618km in length with a catchment area of 885.1 Ha. There are extensive boardwalks, bridges and trails around the estuary which provide many opportunities to get up close to the estuary.

Estuary Values
  • Estuarine Wetland Ecological Vegetation Class (Endangered)
  • Eastern Great Egret (Adea modesta) Status: Vulnerable (Adv List)
  • Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) Status: Near Threatened (Adv List)
  • camping
  • canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling
  • recreational fishing
  • picnics and BBQs
  • sightseeing
  • swimming
  • walking
Estuary Threats
  • disturbance of Acid Sulphate Soils
  • altered water regimes
  • altered physical form
  • poor water quality
  • invasive flora and fauna
  • reduced connectivity
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group Anglesea River EstuaryWatchers
Document Anglesea River Estuary Fact Sheet



Site details Options

A1 Jetty opposite Angahook Corner Store

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Sampling from Jetty opposite Minifie Avenue/ Angahook Cafe, adjacent to the information centre.
Observations 127

A2 Fishing platform upstream of Great Ocean Rd Bridge

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Fishing Platform upstream of the Great Ocean Road bridge and boat houses located on the western bank.
Observations 121

A3 Footbridge near Bingley Parade

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Footbridge that crosses estuary.
Observations 127

A4 Footbridge adjacent to Coogarah Park

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Footbridge located adjacent to Coogarah Park.
Observations 118

A5 Culvert on Coalmine Road

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Culvert on Coalmine Road.
Observations 114

AGB Anglesea Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
The gauge board is located under the GOR bridge. Measurements are taken from the inland side of the bridge, off the western bank.

AMC Anglesea River Estuary Mouth Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 17-04-2007 - 21-11-2018
Small sand dune hillock on eastern side of estuary mouth
Observations 182

Ap1 Anglesea River Estuary Mouth Photopoint

Active Photopoint 10-05-2008 - 23-11-2018
Adjacent to eastern bank of river mouth, southern most point.
Photos 354

Ap2 Anglesea River Estuary Mouth Photopoint 2

Retired Photopoint 31-08-2008 - 20-04-2018

Exit point of walking track onto estuary/beach. SW corner of Anglesea Family Holiday Park.

Photos 320

Ap3 Anglesea River Estuary Mouth Photopoint 3

Active Photopoint 25-11-2016 - 23-11-2018

Photo is taken from the Anglesea Rivermouth (East) signage W89 that sits next to the walking track that follows the river.

Photos 72

Recent Events

Event Details
21-05-2018 Unusual/Extraordinary occurrence!

At high tide today (1.76m @16:27 pm) waves were overtopping berm introducing seawater to estuary.  This is the last of a series of high tides which have probably done the same thing.  The river level is exactly 1.5m AHD.  Photo taken at 16:39hrs.

21-05-2018 18:35
01-05-2018 Water level

Pumping start: Approx. 1/05/18, ~10:00

Pumping rate 24 L/s

Pumping stop: 2/5/2018

1/05/2018 Begin transfers to Anglesea River. Estuary level: 1.355m

2/05/2018 Ceased pumping.  Estuary level 1.357m

28-04-2018 Water level

Pumping start: Approx. 28/03/18

pH Basin:  Estuary:

Pumping rate 24 L/s

Pumping stop: 29/3/2018


09-04-2018 Water level

Transfer commenced: 9/4/2018 10am (1.357m)

Basin level at commencement of transfer: 36Ml.

Ceased transfer: 12/4/2018(1.375m)

04-04-2018 Water level

Transfer commenced: 4/4/2018 (1.362m)

Ceased transfer: 6/4/2018(1.373m)

22-03-2018 Water level

Pumping start: Approx. ? 22/03/18

pH Basin: 4.2, Estuary: 4.3

Basin level at start of transfer: 45Ml.

Pumping rate 24 L/s

Pumping stop: 23/3/2018


26-02-2018 Water level

Pumping start: Approx. 15:00 26/02/18

pH Basin: 4.2, Estuary: 4.3

Pumping rate 24 L/s

Pumping start: Approx. 15:00 26/02/18

Pumping stop: 16/3/2018 (not constant during this time)



15-02-2018 Water level

Transfer of 8Ml (@ 2Ml/day) commenced from the Alcoa storage basin.

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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

Spring 2018

Winter 2018

Autumn 2018

Summer 2018

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