The Catchment

Situated on the south coast of Western Australia, Torbay catchment covers approximately 30,000 hectares. It is located between the towns of Albany and Denmark and includes some 780 landholdings. From Redmond in the north to the Southern Ocean, the catchment land use is predominantly agricultural. Located within a world recognised biodiversity hotspot, significant conservation values are found in the diverse habitats in this small area including numerous wetlands and creeks, natural bush and coastal habitats.

Catchment facts



Patterns in space

Catchment area: 30 000 hectares
Local government:   City of Albany
Main waterways and
water bodies:
  Marbellup Brook
Five Mile Creek
Seven Mile Creek
Unndiup Creek
Lake Powell
Manarup Lagoon
Torbay Inlet
Reserves:   Lake Powell - "A" class nature reserve
Marbellup Nature Reserve
West Cape Howe National Park
Barrett Meadows Nature Reserve
Numerous reserves along the coastal strip
Land uses:   Grazing, predominantly beef cattle, some sheep
Seed potato production
Vegetable growing
Rainfall:   800mm - 1000mm
Climate:   Mediterranean - warm dry summers, cool wet winters
The Torbay lakes Phytoplankton      Patterns in time