The Flinders Marine Bioregion encompasses the eastern entrance to Bass Strait including Wilsons Promontory, Flinders Island and other Bass Strait islands (excluding the Kent Group of Islands).

 

Marine Protected Areas

  • Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park
  • Wilsons Promontory Marine Park

 

Significant areas of Flinders 

  • Wilsons Promontory

Caption: The coastline of the Flinders Marine Bioregion is dotted with rocky headlands and promontories 📷 Nicole Mertens
  • Rocky headlands and promontories are prevalent with long sandy beaches between
  • Moderate to low ocean swell, with higher swells on the east-facing shores of Flinders Island. Wave height is highly variable. It is significantly higher on the western side of Wilsons Promontory compared to the eastern side that is protected from the dominant south-west ocean swell
  • High tidal range – up to 3 m. There are often strong tidal currents, particularly between closely spaced islands
  • Sea-surface temperature is representative of Bass Strait waters
  • The depth of water increases rapidly as you move away from shore
  • Granite reefs with smooth surfaces. Reefs have a dense and diverse cover of seaweed species, particularly coralline seaweeds, while deeper reefs have dense communities of sponges, sea whips and soft corals
  • The diversity of fish and seaweed species is high

Caption: An Australian Fur Seal (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus) 📷 Marine Explorer Dr John Turnbull (iNaturalist, CC-BY-NC-SA. Image has been cropped from original.)
  • Wilsons Promontory’s magnificent sponge ‘gardens’ and abundant diversity of reef fish
  • Kanowna Island near Wilsons Promontory is a significant breeding area for Australian Fur Seals (Arctocephalus pusillus doriferus)