Discover The Bay

Resources for exploring, learning about and caring for the bay

Check the conditions

Play it safe by the water
Beach Report 

Beach Report provides predictions on water quality and safety in the different areas of Port Phillip Bay during the warmer months, so you can check whether your favourite beach is safe and suitable for swimming on your chosen day to visit. These reports are updated twice daily during the warmer months.

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BeachSafe

Local safety advice and information

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BOM Tide Tables 

The Bureau of Meteorology’s Tide Tables predict the times of high and low tide in different parts of the Bay to help you plan and make the most of your boating excursions.

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This website gives a useful overview of wind and wave conditions around the Bay along with maps and forecast graphs.

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This handy website give you all the information you need for a day out fishing in the Bay, including weather and water conditions, UV levels and water temperature. This is also handy if you’re keen for a swim but don’t want to have to make the trip to the beach to dip your toe first.

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This is a great reference for sailing and boating enthusiasts, with information on wind and tide conditions around the Bay and other relevant forecasts and warnings.

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Accessible Beaches

Beach access for everybody

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Wildlife

Taxonomic toolkit for marine life of Port Phillip Bay

A fantastic resource for anyone from the casual beachgoer to the seasoned scuba diver. This website provides you with all the tools to identify and monitor the incredible marine life of Port Phillip Bay and nearby coastal waters.

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A comprehensive guide for anglers or snorkelers, with basic information and detailed and super easy-to-use online illustrated identification guide.

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Port Phillip Reef Cam

Keep up to date with life on the Great Southern Reef

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Seals on beaches

Seals often rest on beaches. Learn how to know when they need our help and when to leave them alone.

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Spot. Log. Map. uncommon marine sightings

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Fishing and Fisheries

Everything you could need to know about fishing in Victoria. Here you can find a wealth of information on recreational fishing along with videos, apps, guides and how to report illegal fishing if you see it happening. You can also find out about targets and management programs, order a free fishing guide and learn what to fish for, and where.

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The Victorian Recreational Fishing Peak Body is where you can find news and education resources to do with recreational fishing. You can also find out how to get involved with a local fishing club or citizen science program.

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Waterway and Coast Management

Managing and protecting our water resources.

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Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) 

Creating a liveable, inclusive and sustainable Victoria with thriving natural environments.

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Promoting and coordinating improved land, water and biodiversity management in the Port Phillip and Westernport catchment

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Victorian Coastal Council 

Providing advice to government about the adaptive planning and management of Victoria’s marine waters and coastal areas.

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Corangamite Catchment Management Authority (CCMA) 

Promoting and coordinating improved land, water and biodiversity management in the catchment of the Geelong and Bellarine region.

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Preventing harm from pollution and waste. Report pollution here.

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