This bioregion extends from Apollo Bay to Cape Liptrap (west of Wilsons Promontory).


Marine Protected Areas

  • Eagle Rock Marine Sanctuary
  • Point Addis Marine Sanctuary
  • Point Danger Marine Sanctuary
  • Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park
  • Barwon Bluff Marine Sanctuary
  • Mushroom Reef Marine Sanctuary
  • Bunurong Marine National Park
  • Bunurong Marine Park


Significant areas of Central Victoria

  • Apollo Bay to Anglesea
  • Flinders-Honeysuckle-Merricks and Cape Schanck
  • Phillip Island, Summerland Peninsula and Seal Rocks
  • Cape Paterson to Venus Bay

Caption: Steep shorelines and cliffs, such as those around Aireys Inlet, are common in the Central Victorian marine bioregion 📷 Nicole Mertens
  • Moderate wave height
  • Relatively slow ocean currents
  • Steep shorelines and cliffs
  • As you move offshore, the seafloor gradient drops away relatively quickly
  • Sea-surface water temperatures that are typical of Bass Strait
  • Complex marine plant and animal communities. Some plant and animal species typically found in waters to the west have their eastern distribution limit towards Wilsons Promontory. Other species common in New South Wales have their western distribution limit within this region. Others still are part of a ‘central’ group that don’t occur beyond the eastern or western limits of the region

Caption: A male Shaw’s Cowfish (Aracana aurita) swimming through diverse algae of the Bunurong area, near Inverloch 📷 Jack Breedon
  • Seafloor meadows of rhodoliths, an unusual marine plant that resemble small rocks, occur in deeper water near Anglesea
  • The very high diversity of seaweeds in the Bunurong area (near Inverloch)
  • Highly diverse sponge ‘gardens’ in the deeper waters off Kennett River, Aireys Inlet, and Point Addis
  • The nesting colony of Little Penguins (Eudyptula minor) at Phillip Island and breeding colony of Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) at nearby Seal Rocks