What lives in the estuary?

Estuaries are some of the most diverse and productive habitats on the planet.

The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is alive and buzzing with all sorts of wonderful birds, fish, mammals and plants.

The shoreline, lake waters and the lake sediments are the estuary’s major habitats which are home to many terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic plants and animals.

On and above the water you’ll see lots of water birds like the black swan and pelican. If you’re lucky you may also catch a glimpse of the many nationally threatened, vulnerable and migratory bird species like the regent honey eater and swift parrot.

Underneath the water is a world of aquatic plants, fish and crustaceans including protected species such as Syngnathids like the White’s seahorse.

Saltmarsh, seagrass, swamp forests and freshwater wetlands are some of the rare and significant plant communities found within the estuary. They provide food and shelter to an assortment of animals including mammals, reptiles, fish and amphibians.

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Photo: Wallum Rocket Frog


Larger animals live around the estuary too. Bandicoots, swamp wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and koalas can all be seen along with a platypus or two in the fresh water tributaries.

Watch the video and find out about Australian Bass living upstream.