Commonwealth of Australia

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Summary

  • Number of Flyway Network Sites: 24
  • Member since: 2006

Australia has been a Partner since 2006 and is home to 24 Flyway Network Sites, designated under the specifications set by EAAFP. It is home to millions of birds, such as godwit, knot and curlew, escaping the winters of the northern hemisphere to feed and don their breeding plumage.

Birdlife Australia have embarked on a yearly outreach program called ‘Farewell Shorebirds‘ to bid farewell to the birds as they set off on annual migration north to breed.

Map of 24 sites

Flyway Network Sites

Site Information

EAAF SITECODE NAME OF SITE SITE INFORMATION SHEET YEAR SIS UPDATED SITE PHOTOS VIEW IN GOOGLE EARTH
EAAF009 Corner Inlet   n/a   View
EAAF010 Hunter Estuary Ramsar Site   n/a   View
EAAF011 Kakadu National Park   n/a   View
EAAF012 Logan Lagoon   n/a   View
EAAF013 Moreton Bay   n/a   View
EAAF014 Orielton Lagoon   n/a   View
EAAF015 Ord River Floodplain SIS 2017   View
EAAF016 The Coorong, Lake Alexandrina & Lake Albert   n/a   View
EAAF017 Forrestdale and Thomsons Lake SIS n/a   View
EAAF065 Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Peninsula   n/a   View
EAAF066 Western Port   n/a   View
EAAF089 Bowling Green Bay SIS 2006*   View
EAAF090 Currawinya National Park SIS 2005*   View
EAAF091 Discovery Bay Coastal Park SIS 2004*   View
EAAF092 Great Sandy Strait SIS 2005*   View
EAAF093 Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park SIS 2004*   View
EAAF094 Shoalwater Bay SIS 2005*   View
EAAF110 Eighty-Mile Beach, Western Australia SIS 2013 View View
EAAF111 Roebuck Bay, Western Australia SIS 2013 View View
EAAF120 South East Gulf of Carpentaria: Karumba Smithburne (DeltaDowns) SIS 2014 View View
EAAF125 South-East Gulf of Carpentaria: Nijinda Durlga (Tarrant) SIS 2016 View View
EAAF131 Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary SIS 2o16   View
EAAF132 Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve SIS 2016   View
EAAF136 Pulu Keeling National Park SIS 2016   View

Corner Inlet

Location: Victoria

Coordinates(lat, long): -38.73330,  146.21670

Area: 51,500

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Charadrius bicinctus (Double-banded Plover), Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Limosa laponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), Calidris alba (Sanderling), Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Hunter Estuary Ramsar Site

Location: New South Wales

Coordinates (lat, long): -32.84000, 151.78330

Area: 2,916

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Limicola falcinellus (Broad-billed Sandpiper)
Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit)
Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank)
Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper)
Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)
Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone)
Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sandplover)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Location: Northern Territory

Coordinates (lat, long): -12.28000,  132.46000

Area: 1,375,940 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar, World Heritage, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Numenius minutus (Little Curlew)
Stiltia isabella (Australian Pratincole)

Logan Lagoon

Location: Tasmania

Coordinates (lat, long): -40.16670, 148.28330

Area: 2,320 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Moreton Bay

Location: Queensland

Coordinates (lat, long): -27.25000, 153.33330

Area: 113,314 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Marine Park

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden Plover)
Heteroscelus brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler)
Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sandplover)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Orielton Lagoon

Location: Tasmania

Coordinates (lat, long): -42.78333 147.50000

Area: 3,175

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Numenius minutus (Little Curlew)
Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sandplover)

Ord River Floodplain

Location: Western Australia

Coordinates (lat, long): -15.55000, 128.25000

Area: 36,111

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Nature Reserve

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Stiltia isabella (Australian Pratincole)
Glareola maldivarum (Oriental Pratincole)
Numenius minutus (Little Curlew)

The Coorong, Lake Alexandrina & Lake Albert

Location: South Australia

Coordinates (lat, long): -35.74000,  139.22000

Area: 140,500 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper)
Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris alba (Sanderling)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank)

Forrestdale and Thomsons Lake

Location: Western Australia

Coordinates (lat, long): -32.15000, 115.86667

Area: 213 ha

Date of joining: 1996 March 25

Status: Nature Reserve

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species 

Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)

Port Phillip Bay (Western Shoreline) and Bellarine Penin

Country: Australia

Location: Victoria

Coordinates (lat, long): -38.00240 144.59700

Area: 16,540.0 ha

Date of joining: 2001 January 31

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper)
Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover)
Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone)

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Western Port

Location: Victoria

Coordinates (lat, long): -38.00240, 144.59700

Area: 59,297 ha

Date of joining: 2001 January 31

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar, Biosphere,Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Charadrius bicinctus (Double-banded Plover)

Bowling Green Bay

Location: Queensland

Coordinates (lat, long): -19.31667,147.40833

Area: 35500.0 ha

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)
Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit)
Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)

Currawinya National Park

Location: Queensland

Coordinates (lat, long): -25.83333, 144.48333

Area: 344000.0 ha

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: National Park

Other listings: Ramsar

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper)

Discovery Bay Coastal Park

Location: Victoria

Coordinates (lat, long): -38.21667, 141.28333

Area: 10121.0 ha

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: Marine National Park

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris alba (Sanderling)

Great Sandy Strait

Location: Queensland

Coordinates (lat, long): -25.50000, 152.90000

Area: 93160.0

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)
Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Heteroscelus brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler)
Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper)
Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel)

Shallow Inlet Marine and Coastal Park

Country: Australia

Location: Victoria

Coordinates (lat, long): -38.83333, 146.16667

Area: 1835.0 ha

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Charadrius bicinctus (Double-banded Plover)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris alba (Sanderling)

Shoalwater Bay

Location: Victoria

Coordinates (lat, long): -38.83333, 146.16667

Area: 1835.0 ha

Date of joining: 2006 July 10

Status: Protected Area

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Charadrius bicinctus (Double-banded Plover)
Numenius madgascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew)
Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
Calidris alba (Sanderling)

Eighty-Mile Beach, Western Australia

Country: Australia

Location: Eighty-Mile Beach, Western Australia

Coordinates (lat, long): -19.02000, 121.48000

Area: 175487.0 ha

Date of joining: 2013 March 4

Status: WA State Class A Marine Park

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area, World heritage

Important for Shorebirds, and Others

Important species
Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit)
Calidris canutus (Red Knot)
C. tenuirostris (Great Knot)
C. ruficollis (Red-necked Stint)
C. alba (Sanderling)
C. acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper)
C. ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper)
Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern Curlew)
Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank)
T. brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler)
Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper)
Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone)
Numenius minutus (Little Curlew)
Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover)
C. veredus (Oriental Plover)
Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover)
C. ruficapillus (Red-capped Plover)
Glareola maldivarum (Oriental Pratincole)
Haematopus longirostris (Pied Oystercatcher)
Hydropogne caspia (Caspian Tern)

Roebuck Bay, Western Australia

Location: Roebuck Bay, Western Australia

Coordinates (lat, long): -17.980249, 122.228447

Area: 34119.0 ha

Date of joining: 2013 March 4

Status: WA State Class A Conservation Park

Other listings: Ramsar, Important Bird and Biodiversity Area

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Limosa limosa (Black-tailed Godwit), Calidris canutus (Red Knot), C. tenuirostris (Great Knot), C. ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), C. ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper), C. alba (Sanderling), Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern Curlew), Numenius minutus (Little Curlew), Numenius phaeopus variegatus (Whimbrel), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), T. brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler), Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone), Limnodromus semipalmatus (Asian Dowitcher), Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover), C. veredus (Oriental Plover), C. mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), C. ruficapillus (Red-capped Plover), Haematopus longirostris (Pied Oystercatcher)

South East Gulf of Carpentaria Karumba Smithburne

Location: immediately north of the township of Karumba

Coordinates (lat, long): -17.24000, 140.91000

Area: 20000.0

Date of joining: 24 December 2014

Status: N/A

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Limosa limosa melanuroides (Black-tailed Godwit), Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Numenius madagascarensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover)

South-East Gulf of Carpentaria: Nijinda Durlga (Tarrant)

Location: 30 km north of the township of Burketown

Coordinates (lat, long): -17.49000, 139.59000

Area: 40000.0 ha

Date of joining: 7 October 2016

Status: Indigenous Protected Area

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)

Important for Shorebirds

Important species

Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew),Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper), Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Limosa lapponica baueri (Bar-tailed Godwit), Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover)

Adelaide International Bird Sanctuary

Location: Clinton Conservation Park, the Dry Creek wetlands, the Price saltfields

Coordinates (lat, long): -34.4354, 138.73163

Area: 37069.0 ha

Date of joining: 16 December 2016

Status: Torrens Island Conservation Park, Port Gawler Conservation Park, Clinton Conservation Park , Wills Creek Conservation Park, Adelaide Dolphin Sanctuary, Barker Inlet Aquatic Reserve , St Kilda Chapman Aquatic Reserve , Upper Gulf St Vincent Marine Park are located within the site

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)

Important species

Calidrius ferruginea (Curlew sandpiper), Calidris acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper), Calidris canutus (Red knot), Numenius madagascariensis (Eastern curlew), Calidris tenuirostris (Great knot), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed godwit), Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), Esacus magnirostris (Beach Stone-curlew), Himantopus himantopus (Black-winged Stilt)

Ashmore Reef Commonwealth Marine Reserve

Location: the north-eastern Indian Ocean

Coordinates (lat, long): -12.20000, 123.00000

Area: 58300.0 ha

Date of joining: 16 December 2016

Status: National Parks

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)Ramsar Site

Important for Shorebirds and Others

Important species

Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel), Xenus cinereus (Terek Sandpiper), Calidris ferruginea (Curlew Sandpiper), Gallinago megala (Swinhoe’s snipe), Limosa limosa (black-tailed godwit), Numenius minutus (Little curlew), Numenius madagascariensis (Far Eastern Curlew), Actitis hypoleucos (Common Sandpiper), Limnodromus semipalmatus (Asian Dowitcher), Calidris canutus (Red Knot), Calidris minuta (Little Stint), Calidris acuminata (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper), Phalaropus lobatus (Red-necked Phalarope), Limicola falcinellus (Broad-billed Sandpiper), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover ), Charadrius leschenaultii (Greater Sand Plover), Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden Plover), Charadrius mongolus (Lesser Sand Plover), Charadrius veredus (Oriental Plover), Vanellus miles (Masked Lapwing), Glareola maldivarum (Oriental Pratincole), Stiltia isabella (Australian Pratincole), Limosa lapponica (Bar-tailed Godwit), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Heteroscelus brevipes (Grey-tailed Tattler), Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone), Calidris alba (Sanderling), Calidris tenuirostris (Great Knot), Calidris ruficollis (Red-necked Stint), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Tringa stagnatilis (Marsh Sandpiper), Anous stolidus (Common Noddy), Sula leucogaster (Brown Boobies), Fregata ariel (Lesser Frigatebirds), Anous minutus worcestri (Black Noddy), Anous tenuirostris (Lesser Noddy), Fregata minor (Great Frigatebird), Sula sula (Red-footed Booby), Sula dactylatra (Masked Booby), Phaethon lepturus (White-tailed Tropicbird), Phaethon rubricauda (Red-tailed Tropicbird), Ardenna pacifica (Wedge-tailed Shearwater), Egretta sacra (Eastern Reef Egret), Onychoprion fuscatus (Sooty Tern), Sterna bergii (Greater Crested Tern), Sterna anaethetus (Bridled Tern)

Pulu Keeling National Park

Location: in the north-eastern Indian Ocean

Coordinates (lat, long): -11.49000, 96.49000

Area: 2603.0 ha

Date of joining: 6 January 2017

Status: Commonwealth National Park

Other listings: Important Bird and Biodiversity Area (IBA)Ramsar Site

Important for Shorebirds, and Others

Important species

Arenaria interpres (Ruddy Turnstone), Calidris acuminate (Sharp-tailed Sandpiper), Calidris alba (Sanderling), Numenius minutes (Little Curlew), Tringa nebularia (Common Greenshank), Tringa tetanus (Common Redshank), Gallinago stenura (Pin-tailed Snipe), Numenius phaeopus (Whimbrel), Charadrius leschenaultia (Greater Sand Plover), Chlidonias leucoptera (Oriental Plover), Pluvialis fulva (Pacific Golden Plover), Pluvialis squatarola (Grey Plover), Glareola maldivarium (Oriental Pratincole), Sula sula (Red-footed Booby), Sula leucogaster (Brown Booby), Sula dactylatra (Masked Booby), Fregata ariel (Lesser Frigatebirds), Phaethon lepturus (White-tailed Tropicbirds), Fregata minor (Greater Frigatebirds), Anous stolidus (Common Noddy)

Resources

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