Estuary name Painkalac Creek Estuary
CMA Corangamite CMA

Painkalac Creek Estuary is approximately 3.5km in length and has a catchment area of 318.1Ha. It is a beautiful coastal lagoon system which attracts the spotted green frog and the eastern banjo frog (Pobblebonk).

Estuary Values
  • the Painkalac Creek estuary has been identified as an Important Bird Area
  • significant birds can be found on the Painkalac Creek estuary such as the Eastern Great Egret (Ardea modesta) Status: Vulnerable (Adv list), Nankeen Night Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus) Status: Near Threatened (Adv list), Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) Status: Vulnerable (Adv List)
  • Riparian Forest Ecological Vegetation Class (Vulnerable)
  • Swampy Riparian Woodland Ecological Vegetation Class (Endangered)
  • Riparian Scrub/Swampy Riparian Woodland Complex Ecological Vegetation Class (Depleted)
  • Sedgy Riparian Woodland Ecological Vegetation Class (Depleted)
  • canoeing, kayaking and stand up paddling
  • picnics and barbecues
  • recreational fishing
  • sightseeing
  • swimming
Estuary Threats
  • Degraded estuarine vegetation
  • Disturbance of Acid Sulphate Soils
  • Artificial estuary openings
  • Flow deviation
  • Stock access
  • Bed instability
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group Painkalac Creek EstuaryWatchers
Document Painkalac_Estuary_Management_Plan.pdf
Document Painkalac Creek Estuary Fact Sheet



Site details Options

P1 Estuary mouth area approximately 20m behind sand dune at estuary mouth

Retired Physico-Chemical 23-05-2007 - 23-05-2007

Estuary mouth area approximately 20m behind sand dune at estuary mouth

Observations 1

P2 Great Ocean Road Bridge at Aireys Inlet

Active Physico-Chemical 11-05-2007 - 14-03-2020

Great Ocean Road Bridge at Aireys Inlet - centre post

Observations 167

P3 Coastal Court Fishing Platform

Active Physico-Chemical 14-07-2007 - 14-03-2020
Fishing platform adjacent to Coastal Court
Observations 126

P4 The Bend

Active Physico-Chemical 19-10-2007 - 14-03-2020
Fishing platform at The Bend in the estuary
Observations 145

P5 Woods Property Fairhaven

Active Physico-Chemical 23-05-2007 - 14-03-2020
Fishing jetty at private property. Property owner consent required for access.
Observations 147

PGB Painkalac Creek Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
The water level gauge board, used in the mouth condition monitoring process, is located under the Great Ocean bridge. It can be read from the western bank on the inland side of the bridge.

PMC Painkalac Creek Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 23-05-2007 - 11-01-2020
Lookout platform on eastern side of estuary
Observations 235

Pp1 Painkalac Creek Photopoint

Active Photopoint 13-08-2010 - 10-02-2020
Lookout platform on eastern side of estuary
Photos 564

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Estuary Snapshots

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