Estuaries of the 12 Apostles Coast

Estuaries of the 12 Apostles Coast

Estuarine species to be targeted include bream, mullet, trevally, estuary perch, mulloway and short finned eel. The upper layers of water not far upstream of the mouth will occasionally yield brown trout.


The Gellibrand River flows into the sea under the prominent headland of Point Ronald. The sandy beaches inside the mouth are often protected from the wind and in stark contrast to the turmoil of the ocean beaches. The estuary broadens into a wetland that is rich with birdlife and accessible via a boardwalk connecting the hilltop village of Princetown. Drive along the gravel Old Ocean Road to follow more of its meandering course upstream.

  • Great shelter from south westerly winds, sandy banks and fantastic platforms
  • Species: Bream, estuary perch, trevally, mullet, mulloway, short finned eel, brown trout
  • Location: Flows past the town of Princetown and is followed by the Old Ocean Road
  • Access: Boat ramp and fishing platform on Old Coach Road West. No water skiing


The eastern bank of the Sherbrooke River is accessible via a walking trail in the Loch Ard precinct. The small river feeds into the sea near the battered low slung headland of Broken Head and the steep pitched Sherbrooke beach. It is not advised to cross the mouth of the river onto Sherbrooke beach as mouth width and depth are variable and currents from river flow, wave and tide input are unpredictable.

  • Smaller estuary exposing mud flats on lower tides.
  • Species: Bream, estuary perch, trevally, mullet, short finned eel
  • Location: 7.5 km east of Port Campbell
  • Access: Rough gravel roads provide access upstream on the east side of the bridge on the Great Ocean Road and downstream on the west side of the bridge on the Great Ocean Road. Tracks are not marked off the Great Ocean Road


Campbell’s Creek flows into the picturesque bay of Port Campbell. Its generally narrow mouth is often skipped over by enthusiastic visitors accessing the cliff cut steps to the Discovery walk. A favoured haunt of families offering shelter from the wind and much adventure for those with net and bucket!

  • This is a good spot to fish if you don’t want your quiet contemplation interrupted by having a fish on your line. Better options off the pier!
  • Species: Mullet
  • Location: Port Campbell
  • Access: From the Holiday Park or from Port Campbell Beach


The Curdies river inlet is a broad shallow expanse affecting the border between Port Campbell National Park and the spectacular Bay of Islands Coastal Park. Access to Peterborough from the east is via a bridge over the Curdies River. Wading birds abound in its upstream mudflats and the sandy outlet is favoured by families seeking respite from the ocean beaches.

  • A wide shallow estuary with deeper channels, sandy bank and jetty options available, the estuary is often alive with small boats when word of bream and perch spread throughout the region.
  • Species: Bream, estuary perch, trevally, mullet, mulloway and short finned eel
  • Location: Peterborough
  • Access: Good access to the water on the east and west banks. Good access to a jetty near the holiday park. Better angling opportunities are presented from boats and canoes. Launching opportunities are available near the Holiday Park and Jetty

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