Overview

Estuary name St George River Estuary
CMA Corangamite CMA
Description

The St George River Estuary is approximately 1km in length with a small catchment of 215.8Ha. It is the only estuary in the Corangamite region which was listed as being in a ‘near-pristine’ condition in an audit of all estuaries in the region in 2003 (Mondon, J., Sherwood, J. and Chandler, F. (2003). Western Victorian Estuaries Classification Project).

Estuary Values
  • a significant fish found in the St George River estuary is the Australian Grayling.
  • Riparian Forest Ecological Vegetation Class (Least Concern)
  • Wet Forest Ecological Vegetation Class ( Least Concern)
  • Cool Temperate Rainforest Ecological Vegetation Class (Endangered)
  • camping
  • picnics and barbecues
  • sightseeing
  • swimming
  • tracks
  • the St George River is part of a catchment that supplies water
Estuary Threats
  • acid sulfate soils
  • fish barriers
  • degraded water quality
  • disturbance of acid sulfate soils
  • degraded estuarine vegetation
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group St George River EstuaryWatchers
Document St George River Estuary Fact Sheet

Map

Sites

Site details Options

StGGB St George River Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
The gauge board is located on the inland side of the Great Ocean Road bridge.

STMC St George Estuary Mouth Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 05-01-2008 - 29-04-2018
Bank on western side of estuary
Observations 130

StP1 St George Estuary Mouth Photopoint

Active Photopoint 01-09-2010 - 07-05-2018
Bank on western side of estuary
Photos 410

StP2 Teddys Lookout

Active Photopoint 15-02-2013 - 07-05-2018
Teddy's Lookout, Lorne. The upper main lookout is StP2.
Photos 59

StP3 Teddy's Lookout_Lower

Active Photopoint 30-09-2013 - 16-04-2018

The lower Teddy's Lookout at the the end of George Street, Lorne.

Photos 39

Recent Events

Event Details
20-03-2018 Community Event

Migratory Bird Haven

Migratory Bird Haven is a Participatory Estuarine Laboratory developed for the Deakin Sculpture in Schools program of Lorne Sculpture Biennale 2018.  Forest Keegel worked with Lorne College Year 10 Biology students and EstuaryWatch to monitor the estuary and explore the habitat requirements of the critically endangered Hooded Plover and East Asian Flyway migratory shorebirds.

The students collaboratively developed a creative response to implore visitors to St George Estuary to protect migratory and resident shorebirds.

1. A human scale seaweed nest was created. Due to the nature of working in a space that is inundated with water twice a day the original nest washed away but was recreated just out of the tides reach and visitors are invited to add seaweed to the nest

2. Sandbags printed with Hooded plover eggs and the East Asian flyway were placed just out of the tidal zone

3. Messages were written in the sand derived from Birdlife Australia information about shorebirds "Dogs on Leashes Birds on Beaches" as well as welcoming message in the vernacular of motel advertising- 'Warm cosy nest sites' 'Lots of fish to eat'

Members of the public were invited to  join the artist to monitor estuary health and discover what humans can do to improve Shorebirds chances of survival, like walking on the high tide line to avoid accidentally stepping on a Hooded Plover’s egg.

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15-03-2018 Estuary Entrance Closure

St George River estuary closed.

15-03-2018 16:00
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Mouth Condition Snapshots

29-04-2018 #12023

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint -

30-03-2018 #11972

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint StP3-1

27-02-2018 #11907

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint -

30-01-2018 #11811

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1

31-12-2017 #11807

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint StP3-1

30-11-2017 #11620

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1

30-10-2017 #11603

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1

29-09-2017 #11515

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint StP3-1

28-08-2017 #11490

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1

25-07-2017 #11363

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1

30-06-2017 #11336

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint StP3-1
Photopoint StP2-2
Photopoint -

29-05-2017 #11335

Photopoint StP1-1
Photopoint StP2-1
Photopoint -
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