A special place

The Tuggerah Lakes estuary is a very special place with a remarkable variety of landscapes, scenery, wildlife and flora.

Located in Wyong Shire on the New South Wales Central Coast, the unique environment features three shallow coastal lagoons that connect to each other and open to the sea at The Entrance.

The Lakes spread over 80 square kilometres, or 10% of the Shire, and stretch from Killarney Vale in the south to Lake Munmorah in the north.

The health and beauty of the estuary is vital to the district’s strong tourism industry. It is also the playground for many recreational pursuits and supports a significant commercial industry and recreational fishing activities.

What’s in the estuary?

  • Three lakes (actually lagoons) – Tuggerah, Budgewoi and Munmorah
  • Channels – connecting the lakes to each other
  • The entrance – connecting the lakes to the sea and requires dredging to remain open
  • Creeks – the lower, saline parts of Wyong River, Ourimbah Creek, Wallarah Creek and others which flow into the lakes

How do the lakes work?

The Lakes are more like lagoons really. Coastal lagoons like Tuggerah Lakes estuary, Wamberal Lagoon and Dee Why Lagoon are the most common type of estuary and are found along the southern coastline of Australia.  Separated from the ocean by a barrier, usually of sand, these estuaries can be smaller in size and are found in coastal valleys. Read more about how they work.

Aerial photograph showing the three lakes from the South Mouth of Wyong River into Tuggerah Bay
Aerial photograph showing the three lakes from the South The mouth of Wyong River entering into Tuggerah Lake