Ramsar Wetlands of International Importance

Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment. They protect our shores from wave action, reduce the impacts of floods, absorb pollutants and improve water quality. They provide habitat for animals and plants and many contain a wide diversity of life, supporting plants and animals that are found nowhere else. The Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (the Ramsar Convention) was signed in Ramsar, Iran on 2 February 1971. The Ramsar Convention aims to halt the worldwide loss of wetlands and to conserve, through wise use and management, those that remain.

There are 66 Ramsar listed wetlands in Australia. Use the interactive map below to discover where these are located, and click on any wetland to find out more information.

How to use this map


 Click on this icon at the top left of the map to see a full screen version and to see the legend.

   Click on this icon also at the top left of the map to zoom in closer to (+ ) or further from (-) the map.