Reef Island Nature Conservation Reserve is situated on the eastern shore of Westernport Bay between Coronet Bay and San Remo. The island, which can be accessed at low tide by a narrow spit, is sort of between Philip Island French Island.
|Location of Reef Island, Westernport Bay|
|The bridge to Philip Island at San Remo - from Reef Island|
The principal vegetation was mangrove with some saltbush and a bit of tussock grass.
|Typical mangrove and mud flat|
This was my first exploratory visit to the site and a more detailed look is warranted.
|Along the spit back toward the mainland (Bass hills)|
The reserve is a valuable conservation area for waders and shorebirds. I had no trouble ticking terns, cormorants, oyster catchers, egrets, ducks, swans, sand plovers, etc, but I won’t say it was easy to identify some of them – my wader skills are sadly lacking.