Wandering the wetlands of Discovery Bay Glenelg Estuary

Victoria Nature Festival

Take a virtual walking tour of the Ramsar-listed Glenelg Estuary Discovery Bay region of the far south-west corner of Victoria.

mage of a the Glenelg River on a clear day. The vegetation reflecting in the still water
This virtual tour of the area shows the diverse environmental assets of the area including its coastal marine areas, wetlands and river water course. 

The Glenelg River estuary is the longest estuary in Victoria, extending 75km from its mouth near Nelson, to just downstream of Dartmoor.  

Aerial image of the Glenelg Estuary Discovery Bay region of south-west Victoria showing the coastline, the mouth of the Glenelg River and the associated wetland areas behind the sand dunes.

The Glenelg is the only estuarine system in Victoria that lies within limestone gorges, with cliffs as high as 40m. 

The Glenelg River estuary has high natural, social and landscape values, which are recognised by its listing as a heritage river under the Victorian Heritage Rivers Act, 1992. The Lower Glenelg National Park, Discovery Bay Coastal Park and the Nelson Streamside Reserve are listed as a wetland of international importance under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands.