Where the Barwon River enters Bass Strait, it creates a wide diversity of places for animals and plants to live. There's also a interpretive heritage centre (the Lobster Pot) on Jetty Road which is open for visitors at certain times of the year.
Jirrahlinga is an educational sanctuary and renowned for its work in dealing with sick, injured and orphaned koalas, birds, mammals and sealife
The shallow estuarine lagoon of Lake Connewarre is surrounded by swamps and marshes. It includes the Lake Connewarre State Game Reserve, which features internationally significant wetlands and provides a habitat to endangered migratory bird species.