About Our Region

The Port Phillip and Western Port region is home to over 4.5 million people and boasts some of Victoria’s most productive farming lands, spectacular parks, picturesque landscapes and diverse natural ecosystems.

The activities and lifestyles of the region’s urban and rural residents and its thriving tourism industry are underpinned by the diversity and health of its natural resources.

This, along with the challenges associated with a growing population and changing climate, means the region’s natural resources need to be carefully managed.

Fast facts:

  • 1.3 million hectares
  • 4.5 million people (more than two thirds of Victoria’s population
  • 1.4 million dwellings and 180,000 business locations
  • Land uses: 13% urban, 45% rural farmland, 42% forest
  • Gross value of annual agricultural production: more than $1 billion (4,500 commercial agricultural holdings produce 15% of Victoria’s gross value of agricultural production)

Natural values

  • Over 900 wetlands can be found in the region, including three of listed as international significant under the Ramsar Convention
  • The region’s non-urban areas, such as parks, open spaces, waterways and wetlands contain significant remnant native vegetation and threatened flora and fauna
  • The region is home to two of the state’s fauna emblems – the Helmeted Honeyeater and the Leadbeater’s Possum, as well as the marine emblem – the Weedy Seadragon
  • Around 340 of the region’s flora species and around 200 mammal, amphibian, bird, fish and reptile species are considered under threat of local or total extinction.

Tourist attractions

  • City of Melbourne and surrounds
  • Dandenong Ranges, including Sherbrooke Forest and Puffing Billy
  • You-Yangs and the Brisbane Ranges
  • The renowned wine districts of the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Macedon Ranges
  • Zoos Victoria’s Healesville Sanctuary, Melbourne Zoo and Werribee Zoo
  • Port Phillip Bay and the Mornington Peninsula
  • Phillip Island Nature Park

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