The Bellarine catchment incorporates the City of Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula, and is largely rural with growing coastal townships.
Approximately five per cent of pre-European indigenous vegetation remains in the region with the majority of vegetation classified as endangered, vulnerable or threatened.
Water flows from the Bellarine catchment contribute just 1 per cent of the total freshwater input to the Bay. By comparison, the adjoining Werribee catchment contributes around 10 per cent.
Although the Barwon River is the dominant waterway in this region, it flows to the open coast of Bass Strait rather than directly into Port Phillip Bay.
The main Bellarine catchment waterways are:
- Yarram Creek and Mason’s Creeks which drain into Swan Bay
- Hovells Creek and Cowies Creek which drain through Geelong’s eastern and northern landscapes into Corio Bay
Bellarine Catchment Report Cards