Flooding can happen anywhere, at any time, and can be caused by more than just rain. Even if you don't live near a river or creek, different types of flooding may still happen in your area from other causes.

Head to the Flood - Plan and stay safe page to know what to do when a flood occurs.


Peterborough is impacted by both riverine and coastal flooding. The Curdies River Estuary is predominantly shaped by the prevailing south westerly ocean swell causing infilling and is classified as a wave dominated estuary.

The rocky headland to the west of the estuary combined with easterly currents, common in summer months, promotes the accumulation of sand at the estuary entrance forming sandbars.

To learn more see the Peterborough flood information guide.

Port Fairy

Port Fairy is vulnerable to flooding due to its location on the Moyne River and the nearby estuary and the ocean. The town and surrounding areas are at risk because of heavy rainfall as well as king tides and storm surges.

Currently floods in Port Fairy can:

  • Impact the airfield and caravan parks in low-lying areas.
  • Close the Princes Highway at Yambuk, Rosebrook and Reedy Creek.
  • Isolate areas along the sand dunes including the Life Saving Club and the ocean side of Griffiths Street.

More serious floods can flood properties to over floor height, flood key infrastructure and facilities and isolate the town and surrounding areas, cutting off roads in and out of the area.

Port Fairy can also be affected by flash flooding, where heavy localised rainfall falls in a short amount of time.

Port Fairy Local Flood Guide

Port Fairy is the only township in Port Fairy with a localised flood guide.

The Port Fairy Local Flood Guide has been developed by the Victoria State Emergency Service in partnership with Moyne Shire Council and Glenelg Hopkins Catchment Management Authority.

You can read the guide here(PDF, 1MB)