Managed in partnership with Parks Victoria, Limeburners Bay is located on the northern shore
of Corio Bay, near the Hovells Creek entrance. Home to many native
plants and animals, the area is a favoured feeding, roosting and resting
habitat for a wide range of water and wading birds.
About the bay
Limeburners Bay is a broad
and sandy estuarine inlet characterised by open, shallow tidal water. It
supports a high diversity of birdlife, with particular species giving the area
status under the internationally-recognised Ramsar Convention.
forms part of the Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and
Bellarine Peninsula Ramsar site, which means it is a wetland of international importance. It also
has a State Significance rating.
to look for
The shorelines and sandy
spits are important feeding and roosting environments for a diverse range of
birdlife. The inlet also supports large beds of seagrass that exist in the
shallow waters, providing important bird feeding ground and fish nursery
A wide range of coastal and
wetland flora species survive on the shores of the tidal inlet and
creek, with regionally significant stands of White Mangrove line
the shores of Hovells Creek.
The Chaffy Saw-Sedge Saline
herbfield provides habitat for the Altona Skipper Butterfly.
It is located in the low-lying floodplain of Hovells
Key bird species to look for
Fairy Tern – they
nest on the offshore estuarine islands, breeding from August to September and feeding
close in-shore on small schooling fish.
Lewin’s Rail – this
rare waterbird has also been spotted in this area.
There is also suitable habitat available for the Orange-Bellied
Parrot, although Limeburners Bay is not a recognised as a winter
stronghold for this species.
Things to do
Follow the walking and cycling trail that leads around the western side of Limeburners and to the entrance of Hovells Creek. Look out for the signage and information shelter.
View the last significant populations of mangroves in Port Philip Bay from the Mangrove Boardwalk.
A diverse range of flora and
fauna remains in relatively pristine condition in certain areas, along with
diverse passive recreational activities, cultural values and sites of