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Interested in taking a tour? Find out more about how you can tour the Western Treatment Plant.
Coronavirus (COVID-19) update:
The Western Treatment Plant has re-opened to existing birdwatching access holders, including those with birdwatching access expiring between March 2020 and March 2021. We are in the process of implementing a new online application system which will be available shortly – if you have any concerns in the meantime please call us on 131 722.
The Western Treatment Plant (WTP) is a little known treasure within an hour's drive from the centre of Melbourne.
The site is known for its waste treatment plant facility that uses a number of lagoons and natural systems to treat Melbourne's sewage, but offers many more wonders and experiences for the community to explore.
Although the site is currently closed to visitors, you can still experience WTP from the safety and comfort of your home or classroom through guided and self guided virtual experiences.
Download our WTP augmented reality app or take our more in depth virtual tour of WTP to explore this fascinating site. Guided virtual excursions and webinars are also available for schools and universities.
Interested in taking a tour? Find out more about how you can tour the Western Treatment Plant.
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