Community education

We work to increase community awareness and support for the protection of Swan Bay. You can help us.

Submissions and letters

We write submissions and letters on issues that affect Swan Bay and encourage our members to do the same. Our most recent submissions and letters have been about the following;
The Point water quality monitoring
Kiteboarding impacts on Swan Bay
Bellarine Peninsula Distinctive Areas and Landscapes Program.

Presentation nights

Come along to our occasional presentation nights where we have guest speakers on interesting topics.


Newsletter and media stories

You should also look out for our quarterly newsletter and articles in the local media.

Swan Bay Environment Trail

You can walk along the shoreline of Swan Bay from Queenscliff to Lakers Cutting and Fellows Road (Lakers Cutting is not in the marine national park). The Swan Bay Environment Trail guide has information on each of 14 stops between the Queenscliff Railway Station and towards the Marine Discovery Centre. There are also medium and long extensions to the trail accessed by the walk/cycle track. The medium walk ends at the Marine Discovery Centre’s saltmarsh gardens, while the longer one ends at Murray Road and the Saltmarsh Boardwalk.

Along the trail there are signboards, boardwalks and lookouts to raise awareness of the bay’s special values. Take your family and friends along the trail for great views, fresh air and exercise. Download the trail brochure or pick one up on your walk or at the information centre in Hesse Street, Queenscliff.

The Swan Bay Environment Trail was originally a Queenscliff Primary School project begun in 1995. The plans for the trail, interpretive signs and accompanying flyer and activity kit for schools were developed by the school in consultation with Parks Victoria. Construction funding was provided by Coast Action and Parks Victoria. The trail and lookout platforms were finished in 1995. The Swan Bay Environment Association started weeding and planting along the trail about 20 years ago under an agreement with the Borough of Queenscliffe. This took about 5 years to complete and responsibility for maintenance returned to the Borough. In partnership with the Bellarine Catchment Network, we produced and funded the revised edition of the trail guide and now maintain the trail-guide boxes along the trail.

Take a walk along the Swan Bay Environment Trail

A shady section

Australian White Ibis near Stop 1

Fellows Road and the end of the long walk. The Bellarine Rail Trail continues on to Geelong

Fellows Road and the end of the long walk. The Bellarine Rail Trail continues on to Geelong

Heading towards the Marine Discovery Centre on the medium trail section

Look out for trains

Looking towards the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club

Marine Discovery Centre and end of medium walk

Marine Discovery Centre seagrass sign

Rest spot and view on the trail

Revegetation site at Nankervis Parade

Saltmarsh boardwalk along Murray Road

Stop 1 and the start of the trail at the Queenscliff Railway Station

Stop 14 ends the short trail section. You can keep walking on the medium trail section

Stop 2 on the Swan Bay shoreline

Stop 3 on the short trail section

Swan Bay is in the Port Phillip Heads Marine National Park

Swan Bay towards the Queenscliff Lonsdale Yacht Club

The lookout at Stop 4

View across Swan Bay

Learn More

We have a small library of Swan Bay information at the Queenscliffe Indigenous Nursery for reading by members.
View the Swan Bay references list here