Located 10 kilometres south of Tooradin, French Island Marine National Park is adjacent to the northern shoreline of French Island National Park in Western Port. Extending 15 kilometres along the shoreline, the park encompasses approximately 2800ha. It includes one of Victoria’s most extensive areas of saltmarsh and mangrove communities and also includes mudflats of state geomorphological significance.
The tidal channel system of varying depths, profiles and orientations, contributes to the high diversity of habitats, including many seagrass beds in the surrounding waters. These seagrass beds are particularly important as they have largely disappeared in other areas of the bay since the 1950s.
In addition to the bird life, there is a rich diversity of marine life. The seagrass beds support many commercially viable species such as King George Whiting, Black Bream and Yellow-eyed Mullet.
Before you go
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