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Sale Common Wetland

The Sale Common State Game Refuge is located on the South Gippsland Highway, just south of the city of Sale.

The Sale Common covers approximately 300 hectares, 70 percent of which is freshwater marsh. The remaining area is covered by red gum woodland and grasslands.

From the car park on the South Gippsland Highway, a short walking track leads through woodlands and grasslands past the information shelter to the lookout.

A longer walk (7.2 km, 2.4 hours return) along Flooding Creek Track can be accessed from the eastern end of the boardwalk. This narrow, winding track passes through Red Gum woodlands and ends near the Latrobe River. On the way there are extensive views of the morass. The lookout overlooks the northern section of the Common, while the bridge leading to the lookout allows visitors to examine some of the plants and smaller pond life of the morass.

A key feature of the Sale Common is the extensive boardwalk that enables visitors to observe the wetland at a closer level. The boardwalk winds its way through a variety of habitats, starting from the edge of the swamp, through deeper water, past islands and through a small reed bed.

An information shelter, lookout, bird hide, picnic tables and parking areas are available.

The closest carpark to the boardwalk and best wheelchair and pram access is at the eastern end where there is plenty of room to park. A carpark is also available on the corner of Maxfields and Stephenson Streets.

The River Red Gum woodland habitat of Sale Common supports a variety of animals including Laughing Kookaburras, Superb Fairy-wrens and Brushtail and Ringtail Possums. Find a list of birds found around the Wetlands here

Freshwater marsh habitat is extremely valuable to many types of waterbirds, frogs and aquatic invertebrates. River Red Gum woodland and introduced grasslands make up about 30 percent of the Sale Common.

The Long Waterhole, located near the lookout, is about seven hectares in size. This area of permanent deep water is an ideal habitat for fish, which in turn provides food for birds such as pelicans and cormorants. The remainder of the Sale Common is freshwater marsh, which at times can be completely dry.

Some of the more common water plants in the freshwater marsh include Water Ribbons, Tall Spike-rush and Common Reed.

Directions: Located 2km from Sale on the A440. Walk to the Sale Common from the Port of Sale by walking trail.


  • Street: South Gippsland Highway
  • City: Sale
  • Postcode: 3850
  • State: Victoria

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