Estuary name Powlett River Estuary
CMA West Gippsland CMA

The Powlett River Estuary is approximately 8km in length with a catchment area of 67.77km2. There are a number of bridges, roads and carparks in the area, that provide access to the estuary.

Estuary Values
  • significant bird species such as the Australasian Shoveler (Anas rhynchotis) Status- Vulnerable (Adv list), Gull-billed Tern (Gelochelidon nilotica) Status- Endangered (Adv list) and the Royal Spoonbill (Platalea regia) Status- Near Threatened (Adv list).
  • Swampy Riparian Woodland- Endangered
  • Swamp Scrub- Endangered
  • Coastal Tussock Saltmarsh- Vulnerable
  • Wet Saltmarsh Herbland-Depleted
  • Estuarine Wetland-Depleted
  • Coast Banksia Woodland-Vulnerable
  • a significant fish species that exists on the Powlett River estuary is the Australian Grayling.
  • non-motor boating
  • picnics
  • swimming
  • walking
  • bird watching
  • coastal middens
  • water supply
Estuary Threats
  • pest animals and plants
  • degraded water quality
  • bank instability
  • disturbance of acid sulphate soils
  • livestock access
  • altered marine exchange
  • rural drainage and drain clearing
  • litter
  • channelisation of the river channel
  • trampling and bank erosion associated with pedestrian access
Data Site observations
Status Active
Monitor group Powlett River EstuaryWatchers
Document Powlett_River_EMP_section1.pdf
Document Powlett_River_EMP_section2.pdf
Document WGCMA_PowlettRiver_EMP_summary.pdf
Document WGCMA_PowlettRiver_Threats.pdf
Document WGCMA_PowlettRiver_Values.pdf



Site details Options

Po1 Site one (Estuary Mouth)

Inactive Physico-Chemical 31-03-2010 - 09-06-2013

Middle of the estuary directly opposite the Powlett River Caravan Park and Mouth of the Powlett Carpark (site accessed in kayak).

Observations 5

Po2 Site two (Mouth of Powlett Road Bridge)

Active Physico-Chemical 13-03-2010 - 29-05-2020
Ocean side of Mouth of Powlett Road Bridge, in between the 6th and 7th reflector when coming from the Kilcunda side of bridge (approx halfway).
Observations 168

Po3 Site three (Bridge Creek)

Inactive Physico-Chemical 31-03-2010 - 14-04-2012

Monitoring is conducted from a kayak at the point where Bridge Creek (tributary) meets the Powlett River.

Observations 13

Po4 Site four (Old Town Drain)

Inactive Physico-Chemical 29-11-2010 - 14-04-2012

Site located in the middle of the river, directly opposite the old fence found on the upstream side of the old town drain.

Observations 8

Po5 Site five (Daly Bridge)

Active Physico-Chemical 01-04-2010 - 29-05-2020
Pedestrian bridge located at the end of Daly Street. This bridge crosses the Powlett River, and is part of the Kilcunda Rail Trail.
Observations 126

Po6 Site six (Fishing Hole)

Inactive Physico-Chemical 05-04-2010 - 01-07-2014

Second bend in river inland of Bass Hwy Bridge.

Observations 32

PoGB Powlett River Water Level Gauge Board

Active Gauge Board
This sites water level monitoring gauge board is located on the western river bank beside the Mouth of Powlett Road Bridge (downstream side).

PoMC Powlett River Mouth Condition Observation Site

Active Mouth Condition 13-03-2010 - 29-05-2020
Rocky platform located on eastern side of the river mouth.
Observations 185

Pop1 Powlett River Photopoint Site One

Active Photopoint 16-12-2012 - 01-06-2020
Sand dune located on the eastern side of the river, approx 70 metres from ocean waters edge.
Photos 526

Recent Events

Event Details
01-05-2020 Tides

Large swells, high tides and river flows combined to dramatically increase water level heights in the estuary, leading to additional water ending up across the floodplain.

01-05-2020 17:20
01-05-2020 17:20
01-05-2020 17:20
01-05-2020 17:20
11-02-2020 Estuary Entrance Closure

Wreck Creek Estuary is now closed again following the artificial opening that was required on the 23rd of January 2020. It is uncertain exactly how long the mouth has been closed for again.

11-02-2020 13:50
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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

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Spring 2019

Winter 2019

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