In the Glenelg Hopkins region, wetlands range from deep permanent lakes to shallow ephemeral marshes or swamps. They can be fresh or saline, large or small. The region has more than 7,600 mapped natural wetlands, covering 117,000 ha, or 4%, of the region’s area. This represents 22% of the state’s total number of wetlands.

Wetlands contribute significantly to the overall biodiversity of the region. They are an integral part of the region’s landscape and identity and underpin social, cultural and recreational values including boating, fishing, camping, swimming and bird watching. 

Wetlands are also significant cultural sites across the region and continue to provide food, water and fibre for Traditional Owners. Aboriginal people have been intimately connected to the wetlands in this region for many thousands of years. These widespread and rich freshwater ecosystems supported permanent settlements across southwest Victoria and many wetlands retain their importance for cultural practices and ceremonies.

Brolgas are an iconic species found across the regions wetlands
Photo: Rod Bird, Brady Swamp