The Barmah Forest Ramsar Site was listed in 1982.
The Ramsar site is 225 kilometres directly north of Melbourne, on the Victorian floodplain of the Murray River between Tocumwal and Echuca.
The Barmah Forest:
- is the largest River Red Gum (Eucalyptus camaldulensis) forest in Victoria
- consists of a system of permanent and temporary wetlands that depend on regular river flooding
- is an important drought refuge and feeding and breeding area for waterbirds
- supports a large diversity of native plants and animals including the nationally vulnerable Superb Parrot (Polytelis swainsonii) and the largest area of Moira Grass plains (Pseudoraphis spinescens) in Victoria (see image above)
- is important for native fish.
Land in the Ramsar site is reserved in the Barmah National Park and the River Murray Reserve and is managed by Parks Victoria.
The Goulburn-Broken Catchment Management Authority is responsible for catchment and waterway management in the region.
Ramsar site documents
The Barmah Forest Ramsar Site Ecological Character Description and Barmah Forest Ramsar Information Sheet can be found by visiting the Australian Ramsar Wetlands page on the Australian Government Department of the Environment website.
Image: Moira Grass, Barmah Forest (2013), Source: Kay Morris, DEPI