Breamlea is a unique spot with just 100 houses nestled between the coast and the unique saltmarsh and estuarine environment of Thompson Creek.

The large open dune system features coastal grassland and shrubland vegetation and provides habitat for threatened species, including the Hooded Plover and Skipper Butterfly.

Breamlea has been a holiday destination for over 40,000 years as it is said the Wadawurrung migrated down Thompsons Creek during summer to harvest food from the sea.

About the estuary
The estuary of Thompson Creek supports a fascinating saltmarsh community. Saltmarshes are highly productive areas that provide habitat for fish breeding, shallow foraging areas for wading birds and water-filtering areas for stream-flow.

What to look for
The Breamlea Saltmarsh is a primary feeding ground for the threatened Orange-bellied Parrot. This small parrot migrates annually from Tasmania, passing through Victoria en route to South Australia.

Other bird species you might see in the Breamlea area include:
White-faced Heron
Masked Lapwing
Double-banded Plover
Red-capped Plover
Grey Teal
Red-necked Stint
Common Greenshank
Crested Tern
White-fronted Chat

The aquatic and emergent vegetation of the Breamlea wetland provides physical shelter for fish and other aquatic fauna.

Fish known to inhabit the creek and wetland include:
Flat-headed Gudgeon
Black Bream
Greenback Flounder
Long-snouted Flounder
Small-mouth Hardyhead
Tommy rough
Yelloweye Mullet
Common Galaxias
Australian Salmon

Things to do
Follow the trails around the area and visit Bancoora Beach.

Public toilet
Picnic tables
Walking path
Free carpark

Environmental values