Woodlea continues to set new benchmarks

As part of the Victorian Government’s commitment to protect and connect populations of the Growling Grass Frog, we’re excited to share that Woodlea is home to the first purpose built wetland habitat in the state!


Forming part of Kororoit Creek, our wetland is the first of more than 80 purpose-built wetlands across Victoria and to support it, the new Bonniebrook Bridge has been carefully positioned and designed in consultation with Melbourne Water and the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) to avoid disturbance to these sensitive habitat areas. 

Introducing the Growling Grass Frog

Growling Grass Frogs are one of Australia’s largest frog species who usually live in still or slow-moving water pools (like the Kororoit Creek). 


Here are the key things to look for when trying to spot one

  • Olive to emerald green with brown spotting and ‘warty’ looking backs
  • Deep croak, sounding a bit like a motorbike
  • Can reach up to 10cm in length
  • Adults are usually found close to or in water, or very wet areas in woodlands or shrublands

The Growling Grass Frog was widespread across south eastern Australia, however populations have declined due to habitat loss, droughts and disease. Now, the Growling Grass Frog is facing extinction. 


In order to protect this once-common species from extinction, DELWP is working to create more than 80 habitats around Melbourne with the one in Woodlea being the very first habitat.


Woodlea’s habitat ties into our latest key infrastructure project, the Bonniebrook Bridge. The open space under Bonniebrook Bridge provides a passageway for frogs and other animals travelling along the banks of Kororoit Creek.

You can view the process of building Woodlea’s habitat below:


We hope you all enjoy hearing the Growling Grass Frog calling in their new wetland!