You said, we listened, what’s next for Lower Werribee River?

Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback on their existing recreational activities and aspirations for the lower Werribee River (from the confluence of Davis Creek to the estuary in Port Phillip Bay).

It was great to hear how people are currently using and enjoying the lower Werribee as well as your ideas for improvement.

This feedback and your ideas for future enhancements will enable us to better plan for the provision of nature-based recreation opportunities, while protecting environmental and cultural values.

What we asked?

We asked about the nature of your recreational activities along the lower Werribee in terms of what you enjoy doing, the frequency of visits and whether you visited informally or formally as part of a group.

We also asked you to share your ideas for future enhancements to the lower Werribee such as the installation of visitor signage, fishing platforms, boat ramps and paths.

What you told us!

It was great to hear from you that you enjoyed a range of activities including:

  • walking/bushwalking
  • cycling/mountain biking
  • fishing
  • canoeing/kayaking
  • birdwatching.

Your feedback

“A lovely place to walk, nature watching, bird watching, cliff views”

“Peace and tranquillity. Love nature areas with the natural Bush and Birdlife”

It’s closeness to where I live, The concrete walking/cycling track, The sound of the river running over the rocks and the beautiful trees along its route. The chance to one day be able to launch my Hobie Kayak at the weir for exercise and fishing.”

“The river, Birdlife , beautiful cycling trail. Feels safe with kids.”

You also told us that it could be improved!

“The amenities at the mouth of the Werribee River are brilliant, but getting there from the Mansion you have to use the road, there is no riverside track to the mouth. The connection between the riverside track and the excellent trail to the mansion that passes by the zoo and heritage orchard is very poorly maintained and very dangerous and smelly where it uses the sewer overpass and then passes under the freeway over very loose and steep gravel.”

“Everything is pretty good except Kayaking/Canoeing. I would love to Kayak on the Weir but it is very hard if not impossible to launch my Kayak at Riverbend Historical Park. The launching facility that’s already there is not fit for purpose. I believe it should be a ramp similar to those at Werribee South used for the motor boats.”

“Needs cycling and walking paths to connect Werribee to Werribee South.”

We have also been collaborating with key stakeholders such as Wyndham City Council, Parks Victoria, Werribee Riverkeeper, Paddle VIC, Bushwalking Victoria, Birdlife Australia as well as local user groups such as Werribee River Walking Group and Werribee District Angling Club.

What's next?

We will now use this valuable feedback and ideas in the creation of the Lower Werribee Water Recreation Plan.

Keep following this page to receive updates and to provide feedback as we work to finalise the Water Recreation Plan.

Thanks again for your input.