Woodburn Creek

Our water quality monitoring program has shown Woodburn Creek to have good water quality. Find out more about the estuary and its unique features.

Woodburn Creek is located on the south coast of New South Wales. It is classed as a creek with an intermittently closed entrance.

The lower estuary meets the sea at the south end of the beach. Saltwater Creek (Eden) estuary enters the sea at the opposite end of the beach.

Estuary health and features

Water quality

As part of our water quality monitoring program we assess the water quality and ecosystem health of an estuary using a range of relevant indicators. We sample a subset of the estuaries between Wollongong and the Victorian border every 3 years. The most recent sampling in Woodburn Creek was completed over the 2014–15 summer when 2 sites were sampled on a monthly basis.

Woodburn Creek water quality report card for algae and water clarity showing colour-coded ratings (red, orange, yellow, light green and dark green, which represent very poor, poor, fair, good and excellent, respectively). Algae is rated 'good' and water clarity is rated 'good' giving an overall rating of 'good' or 'B'.

This report card represents 2 water quality indicators that we routinely measure: the amount of algae present and water clarity. Low levels of these 2 indicators equate with good water quality.

The report card shows the condition of the estuary was good with:

  • algae abundance graded good (B)
  • water clarity graded good (B)
  • overall estuary health graded good (B).

Find out more about our estuary report cards and what each grade means. Read our sampling, data analysis and reporting protocols and find out how we calculate these grades.

Physical characteristics

Estuary type: Creek

Latitude (ºS) –37.17
Longitude (ºE) 150.01
Catchment area (km2) 13.5
Estuary area (km2) 0.1
Estuary volume (ML) 14.3
Average depth (m) 0.3
Notes: km2 = square kilometres; m = metres; ML = megalitres.  

Water depth and survey data

Bathymetric and coastal topography data for this estuary are available in our data portal.

Land use

The entire catchment of Woodburn Creek is relatively undisturbed forest within Ben Boyd National Park. A campground exists beside the lower estuary, and an access road cuts through part of the catchment.

National and marine parks

  • This estuary is situated within the southern Green Cape area of Ben Boyd National Park.
  • This estuary does not flow into a marine park.

Community involvement

Woodburn Creek

Local government management

Local councils manage estuaries within their area unless the estuary is attached to a marine park. Bega Valley Shire Council manage this estuary.