Swan Bay Marine Reserve

Marine reserves around Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale protect important habitats. They were established in 1979, the first in Victoria. They carry the name of Harold Holt, a former Australian Prime Minister who disappeared while swimming off Cheviot Beach, on the Mornington Peninsula-side of Port Phillip Bay.

Regarded as one of the healthiest reserves in the bay, Swan Bay is an excellent example of an ecosystem with seagrass, intertidal mudflats and salt marshes. An international wetlands protection treaty recognises its significance. During summer and autumn, visitors will see black swans, pelicans and comorants. Rare orange-bellied parrots feed and winter on the salt marshes.

Location Approximately 1km from Beacon Resort