About Our Sanctuary:
A gem of the west and a bit of a local secret the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary lies within Point Cooke Costal Park. Located in the north east corner of Port Phillip Bay, the park protects 290 ha of shoreline, making it the largest park in Victoria’s system of marine national parks and sanctuaries. Set in a rapidly growing suburb the park is a great escape to nature from the day to day grind. Off the coast can be found sand flats, sea grass beds, and basalt reefs, a remnant of a lava flow that poured across the plains thousands of years ago.
The park is home to a huge range of marine and coastal life. A wide variety of algal species grow in the area, predominately the common southern kelp, a thick brown algae. Within it’s fronds many tiny animals and plant species find a home. Across the sea bed and rocky out-crops, sea urchins, anemones and gastropods live. A range of fish species call the park their home with a wide array of stingrays and fiddler rays represented. Multiple species of jellyfish appear at different times of year, sometimes in over abundance. Occasionally, small dolphins and Port Jackson Sharks are also spotted within the park.
The Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary and the Point Cooke Costal Park surrounding it, as well as the adjacent Cheetham Wetlands adjacent, are all protected as a Ramsar site due to their international importance as a habitat for migratory wader birds.