Same, same, but different. . . The tale of one creek and its many faces

Aug 21, 2017Coasts and Marine, Rivers, Wetlands & Lakes

Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2000

Have you visited the ever-changing landscape of Painkalac Creek in Aireys Inlet?
During the summer-time, Painkalac Creek will greet you as a dried up trickle flanked by bronzed, thirsty shrub land. However, take a visit following a drizzly and damp storm and you’ll see a different story.
The heavy rainfall creates the perfect conditions for flooding within the estuary system and in turn reveals the might of the Painkalac Creek estuary zone.
Scroll through our amazing historical photos to learn more about the story of flooding at Painkalac Creek.


Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2001


Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2003


Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2005-2


Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2005


Painkalac Creek, Anglesea 2006-2007

Summer 2006-2007

When a flooding event takes place within the Corangamite catchment, our Floodplain team are on the ground (and sometimes in the air) recording valuable flood data.

This data is then used to help inform our flood mapping for land use planning and responses to flood emergencies. They also help us ensure our current flood overlay is accurate, and that we have the right measures in place to minimise the impact of future flood events.

You can get involved too! Be our eyes on the ground (or in the air!) and send through your epic flood photos. Already have flood memories? We’d love to capture your past flood photos too.

Please send photo’s electronically to or upload via our portal (under ‘Contribute to the regional strategy’). Alternatively, drop any hard copy photo’s into our two CMA offices in Colac or Geelong.

The Corangamite CMA would like to thank Ros Gibson, EstuaryWatch Volunteer, for providing the photos used in this post.