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What is an estuary? Are all estuaries alike? How do we study estuaries? How do estuaries impact my life?

Australian estuaries are semi-sheltered coastal bodies of water with a connection to the sea, where seawater mixes with freshwater run-off from surrounding lands. Estuaries are always a mix of seawater and fresh catchment water. Estuaries are now recognised as some of the most biologically productive habitats on the planet, rivalling rainforests. Dive in for basic information and find out more

Chestnut Teal - Photo by Dean Ingwersen

Learn why the estuary is important for birds


Sarcocornia quinqueflora

Learn what saltmarsh does for the estuary.

Bluehave wetlands

Learn about wetlands


What lives in the estuary

There are so many animals, plants and birdlife living in the our Living Lakes, read about what makes up the estuary and why they all depend on each other for its health. What lives in the estuary?

Biodiversity in Wyong

No matter where you live in Wyong Shire, whether you live up on the Bucketty Ridges or Somersby Plateau at Bucketty or Kulnura, or in the fertile valleys at the foothills of the Watagan Mountains at Yarramalong, Ourimbah, Dooralong or Jilliby, or even on the coastal and near coastal alluvial plains at Wyong, Tuggerah, Munmorah, Bateau Bay or The Entrance and Long Jetty, there is biodiversity all around you. Read more.

Fact Sheets


Teachers Resources

The following course outlines are designed to be used in conjunction with Central Coast Council’s Wetlands Multi-Touch Books which are available on the iBookstore.

Primary Geography

Primary Science