Meeting of the Waters

It is one of the last great wilderness areas of Australia and is undeniably the most untouched, unexplored and undeveloped corner of southeast Australia...

Aquatic and marine ecosystems of many different kinds can be found here, including sheltered beaches, lagoons and estuaries, mangrove ecosystems, seagrass beds, rocky reefs and over 150 beaches.

These pristine beaches of the region are mostly bordered by national park, while its temperate seas edge the mighty Pacific Ocean. It’s here that two great ocean systems meet, one from the frozen seas of Antarctica, the other from the equator. This creates a unique ‘convergence’ zone that promotes unparalleled marine biodiversity.

The main player in this convergence is the East Australian Current (EAC) that originates in the tropical Coral Sea. This current travels down the east coast of Australia, transporting heat into the Tasman Sea. The EAC is the largest ocean current close to Australian shores, moving as much as 30 million cubic metres of water per second in a warm wedge over 500 metres deep and up to 100 km wide. Its strongest flow is during the summer months when it reaches speeds of seven knots, providing a super-highway for marine life of all shapes and sizes. Its influence extends through the winter months.

Part 1 Introduction
Part 2 The Fish
Part 3 The Marine Invertebrates
Part 4 The Marine Mammals & Reptiles
Part 5 Indigenous Coastal Heritage
Part 6 The Birds
Part 7 Marine Plants
Part 8 Earth History