The Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay, a unique wetland system on the border of Victoria and South Australia, will be protected now and into the future as the latest Australian listing under the Ramsar Convention.

Ramsar sites are wetlands of international importance listed by Australia under the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands. The Glenelg Estuary and Discovery Bay site is Victoria’s twelfth Ramsar listed wetland.

Why is the site important?

The successful nomination follows extensive consultation that included local landholders, government agencies, local organisations such as Nelson Coastcare and Traditional Owners.

The Gunditjmara people - primary guardians and knowledge holders of Aboriginal cultural heritage of the area - provided information on the area’s cultural values and a statement supporting the Ramsar listing.

As land manager, Parks Victoria believes the international recognition will bring tourism opportunities to the region.

Aerial view of estuary