Begola Wetland is part of a natural drainage
system that runs for 7 kms from west-to-east, behind the coastal sand dunes,
through to Swan Bay. The wetlands are unique as they sit between two distinctly
different landforms and soil types.
When you visit, you’ll not only hear the calls of the many
frog species that call the wetland home, but you’ll also get to see a diverse
range of bird species.
About this wetland
These freshwater wetlands feature a large, shallow, open-water
zone, with dense stands of emergent macrophytes – aquatic plants that grow in, or on the edge of, the water. They’re
replenished solely by stormwater run-off from the Ocean Grove.
A weir constructed at the eastern-end keeps water in the
wetland for extended periods, however the water dries out about once in every five
years as a natural and important part of the wetland cycle.
What to look for
Birds nest and roost either in grass beside the wetland, or among
the reeds. Many of the waterbirds forage for food on the shallow floor of the
wetland and along its marshy edges.
regularly visit include:
Latham’s Snipe – these birds migrate
over 8000km from Japan around August/September, and return in March/April
Pacific Black Duck
Australian Wood Duck
White - faced Heron
What to listen for
Begola means‘place of many frogs’
in Wadawurrung traditional language. Can you hear their calls?
Brown Tree Frog – a rapid and repeated harsh whirring ‘creeeeeee
creee cree cree cree’
Marsh Frog – a single, sharp call of ‘click’ or ‘plock’
Common Froglet – a series of 3–5 rapid, chirping calls ‘crick,
Frog – a short, musical and explosive ‘bonk’ call.
Things to do
Visit the viewing
platform at the eastern end of the wetlands, which can be accessed from Emperor
All abilities access
Free car parking
Dogs on lead