Overview

Estuary name Erskine River Estuary
CMA Corangamite CMA
Description

The Erskine River Estuary is very short in length at approximately 0.85km, with a small catchment area of 72Ha. Around 80% of this catchment area is in the Great Otway National Park. The estuary flows through the popular tourist town of Lorne.

Estuary Values
  • a significant fish species found on the Erskine River estuary is the Australian Grayling.
  • Estuarine Wetland Ecological Vegetation Class (Endangered)
  • Wet Forest Ecological Vegetation Class (Least Concern)
  • drought refuge for one or more significant fish
  • the Erskine River is identified as an Important Bird Area
  • camping
  • non-motor boating
  • picnics and barbecues
  • tracks
  • sightseeing
Estuary Threats
  • bank instability
  • degraded water quality
  • disturbance of acid sulfate soils
  • intermittently open estuary
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group Erskine River EstuaryWatchers
Document Erskine River Estuary Fact Sheet

Map

Sites

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E1 Erskin 1 Phys/Chem

Active Physico-Chemical 10-12-2018 - 01-04-2019
Observations 5

E2 Erskin Phys/Chem

Active Physico-Chemical 10-12-2018 - 01-04-2019
Observations 5

EGB Erskines River Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
Gauge board found under the western side of the bridge on the ocean side.

EMC Erskine River Estuary Mouth Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 08-10-2007 - 22-05-2019
Grassy knoll on headland adjacent to Swing Bridge Café.
Observations 130

Ep1 Camel's Photopoint site

Active Photopoint 14-09-2010 - 06-06-2019

Grassy knoll on headland adjacent to Swing Bridge Café. Photos are taken from the emergency marker 120W.

Photos 320

Ep2 Erskine River Estuary Mouth Photopoint 2

Active Photopoint 14-09-2010 - 06-06-2019
Centre location on swing bridge across estuary
Photos 158

Ep3 Erskine River Estuary Mouth Photopoint 3

Retired Photopoint 14-09-2010 - 27-07-2017

Adjacent to the Erskine River sign on the ocean side of the walking path located on the western side of the river, north of the swing bridge.

Photos 107

Ep4 Erskine River Estuary Mouth Photopoint 4

Active Photopoint 16-07-2014 - 06-06-2019
End of beach access track east of the swing bridge.
Photos 229

Recent Events

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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 2019


Summer 2019


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