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East Gippsland’s waterways are remarkable ‘natural assets’ of Victoria, with the highest proportion of streams in ‘Excellent’ or ‘Good’ condition in the state (approximately 82%) according to the Index of Stream Condition criteria. The region contains a Ramsar listed wetland system (Gippsland Lakes and Lake Tyers), six declared Heritage Rivers, and many national parks and reserves. A large proportion (83%) of the region is public land, stretching from sub-alpine environments to the coast.

The major rivers in the East Gippsland region are Genoa, Cann, Bemm, Snowy, Tambo, Nicholson and Mitchell.

Our waterways provide many of Victoria's best fishing, swimming, camping, boating and scenic attractions. The health of these waterways underpins many aspects of tourism, employment and investment in the region.  

In this section, you can learn more about:

  • the geography and history of the river catchments, the changes that have taken place, and the significance of the rivers in the region.
  • the works (past and present) that have been undertaken to maintain and improve the health of rivers.
  • images of various locations along the rivers.

To go to your area of interest, select the river catchment from the map below, or from the menu on the left.

The map below shows the seven major catchments in the East Gipsland region, click on a catchment to see more detail.

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