Latest news – 14 November 2023
The Sydenham Inlet is currently closed to the sea. The East Gippsland CMA has been monitoring the levels of the Sydenham Inlet following recent rainfall in the catchment.
Water levels are monitored by referring to the gauge mounted on the jetty at Bemm River. The level has currently risen to around 1.3 metres, and we will continue to closely monitor water levels and areas of inundation.
Pattern of closures
Sydenham Inlet is a large open shallow body of water with a short, narrow channel to the ocean. Once closed, the estuary rarely opens naturally.
Location of flooding
Flooding occurs on roads, wharves and boat ramps.
Level required for a successful opening
The entrance opening level has been set historically at a point where inundation of farmland protected by levees is reached. This level is 1.65m. These levels can be determined by viewing the gauge at the boat ramp.
Responsibility for an opening
Parks Victoria coordinates the works component of the opening which is approved by East Gippsland CMA.