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Corner Inlet Along Coast of Victoria, Australia

38.7S 146.3E

December 23rd, 2009 Category: Snapshots

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Australia - November 17th, 2009

Corner Inlet is a 600 km2 bay, 200 km south-east of Melbourne, in South Gippsland, Victoria, Australia. It is visible along the southernmost extension of the coastline in this image. Of Victoria’s large bays it is both the easternmost and the warmest.

Corner Inlet contains intertidal mudflats, mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass meadows. It is sheltered from the surf of the Bass Strait by a complex of 40 sandy barrier islands, the largest of which are Snake, Sunday and Saint Margaret Islands. It adjoins Wilsons Promontory in the west, extends to Ninety Mile Beach in the east, and supports large numbers of migratory waders and other birds as well a rich marine flora and fauna.

It is protected as a Ramsar site, by the Nooramunga and Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Parks, and by part of it lying within the 1550 ha Corner Inlet Marine National Park. However, the surrounding land was originally covered by forest which has mostly since been cleared.