Wednesday 12 June 2019


The Cheetham and Altona Important Bird Area comprises several wetland sites on, or close to, the north-western coast of Port Phillip in Victoria, south-eastern Australia. Collectively they total 1223 ha in area and lie within, or adjacent to, the western suburbs of the city of Melbourne. They were classified as an Important Bird Area (IBA) because they support more than 1% of the world populations of Red-necked Stint, Chestnut Teal and Pacific Gull.

The IBA includes the undeveloped coast between Williamstown and Seaholme, including the Jawbone Reserve, Altona Coastal Park, Rowden's Swamp, the Cheetham Wetlands, Truganina Swamp, with the Spectacle Lakes complex and RAAF Lake of Point Cook Coastal Park. These contain all the remaining freshwater wetlands, saltpans, intertidal mudflats and shallow inshore waters which support the key bird species.

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  1. I have lived in Melbourne for 80% of my adult life, but I don't think I have seen these wetland sites. The lakes and saltpans are peaceful, and the birds are gorgeous. Wouldn't it be nice to buy a home right on the water's edge!

  2. So important...Our woods is wetland woods and can't be disturbed....Michelle

  3. Lovely assortment of photos. They sure look peaceful.