The Lakes are a lively place

The major habitats of Tuggerah Lakes estuary are the shoreline, the lake waters and the lake sediments. These habitats support a range of terrestrial, semi-aquatic and aquatic plant and animal communities.

Community participating in identifying local bass fish populations

and sustainable fishing practices

Cattle Egret Silver Gulls Jetty at Berkeley Vale - Photo by Christina Port

Photo: Hanging out - Cattle Egret and Silver Gulls at Berkeley Vale

Tuggerah Lakes estuary supports a number of water bird species such as black swans and pelicans and attracts many nationally threatened, vulnerable and migratory bird species. The lakes are home to a range of aquatic life including flathead, bream, garfish, whiting and blackfish and is also home to protected species including Syngnathids such as pipefish and the White’s seahorse.

They also feature many rare and significant vegetation types including saltmarsh, seagrass, swamp mahoganies and freshwater wetlands. This vegetation, in turn, supports important habitats and homes to a range of mammals including endangered squirrel gliders, reptiles, amphibians and endangered birds such as regent honey eaters and swift parrots.

Many larger animal species live around the estuary.  Some of the mammals include bandicoots, swamp wallabies, kangaroos, echidnas and koalas.  The estuary provides a range of open muddy habitats that support many species of invertebrates, which are an important food source for birds and other animals.

The platypus is also found in the higher freshwater regions of tributaries that flow into the lakes, including Wyong River and Ourimbah Creek. Find out more.