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 - 18-03-2020
Sampling from Jetty opposite Minifie Avenue/ Angahook Cafe, adjacent to the information centre.
Observations 143

A2 Fishing platform upstream of Great Ocean Rd Bridge

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 18-03-2020
Fishing Platform upstream of the Great Ocean Road bridge and boat houses located on the western bank.
Observations 142

A3 Footbridge near Bingley Parade

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 18-03-2020
Footbridge that crosses estuary.
Observations 148

A4 Footbridge adjacent to Coogarah Park

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 18-03-2020
Footbridge located adjacent to Coogarah Park.
Observations 134

A5 Culvert on Coalmine Road

Active Physico-Chemical 29-04-2007 - 18-03-2020
Culvert on Coalmine Road.
Observations 130

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 - 18-03-2020
Small sand dune hillock on eastern side of estuary mouth
Observations 198

Ap1 Anglesea River Estuary Mouth Photopoint

Active Photopoint 10-05-2008 - 19-03-2020
Adjacent to eastern bank of river mouth, southern most point.
Photos 405

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 - 19-03-2020

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

Photos 136

Recent Events

Event Details
01-05-2020 Estuary Entrance Opening

Waves overtopped the Berm either side of High Tide at 17:37 hrs.  The estuary height was 1.58m at the time.  A small intermittent inflow of seawater occurred.  The next day I measured the Berm Height at 1.97m AHD

12-04-2020 Estuary Entrance Opening

Waves overtopped berm and caused an intermittent inflow of sea water around High Tide.

Estuary level was 1.54m AHD


Note strong physical and anecdotal evidence that the same thing happened on 11/4/20.

28-01-2020 Estuary Entrance Opening

At 03:30hrs on 28/1/20 during a high spring tide waves overtopped the Berm at the river mouth and introduced a significant amount of seawater into the river.  Although the flow was intermittent at the beach, further down the river a strong continuous inflow was observed.  I have film of this.  Note that the river level was 1.34m AHD and the berm was measured at 10am on 28/1/20 at .85m above the river level.  This means that waves strongly overtopped a berm height of 1.34 + .85 = 2.19m AHD.

Unfortunately I could not download the MP4 file of this event

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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

Autumn 2020

Summer 2020

Spring 2019

Winter 2019

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