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Corner Inlet
A black and white bird with a long orange bill and pink legs walks amid sand and brown vegetation along the edge of a body of water
Corner Inlet is an important site for pied oystercatchers
Location South Gippsland, Victoria
Primary inflows
  • Albert River
  • Agnes River
Primary outflows Bass Strait
Basin countries Australia
Surface area 600 km2 (230 sq mi)
Islands Snake, Sunday and Saint Margaret
Designated: 15 December 1982
Reference #: 261
Corner Inlet, South Gippsland, Australia
Corner Inlet, Ramsar Site with Wilsons Promontory National Park in background

The Corner Inlet is a 600-square-kilometre (230 sq mi) bay located 200 kilometres (120 mi) south-east of Melbourne in the South Gippsland region of Victoria, Australia. Of Victoria's large bays it is both the easternmost and the warmest. It contains intertidal mudflats, mangroves, salt marsh and seagrass meadows, sheltered from the surf of Bass Strait by a complex of 40 sandy barrier islands, the largest of which are Snake, Sunday and Saint Margaret Islands.

The inlet is protected as a Ramsar site by the Nooramunga and Corner Inlet Marine and Coastal Parks, and by part of it lying within the 1,550-hectare (3,800-acre) Corner Inlet Marine National Park. The inlet adjoins Wilsons Promontory in the west, extends to Ninety Mile Beach in the east, and supports large numbers of migratory waders and other birds as well a rich marine flora and fauna.

History

Corner Inlet lies within the traditional lands of the Brataolong clan of the Gunai nation. In the early 1840s, European settlers moved into the area and established agricultural, mining and forestry enterprises. Commercial fishing became established in the 1860s. The surrounding land was originally covered by forest which has mostly since been cleared. It has become a popular tourist destination for recreational boating and fishing.

Birds

Some 720 square kilometres (280 sq mi) of land and water covering Corner Inlet has been recognised by BirdLife International as an Important Bird Area. Containing the most extensive intertidal mudflats in Victoria, it supports over 1% of the world populations of chestnut teal, Far Eastern curlew, red-necked stint, pied and sooty oystercatchers and the hooded plover. The critically endangered orange-bellied parrot has occasionally been seen there.

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