The health and safety of the community (including Melbourne Water employees and contractors) is our priority.

To ensure we are protecting the community and Melbourne Water staff - and complying with the latest state health advice - our customer facing sites* (including Western Treatment Plant) remain closed to visitors until further notice.

We have been closely monitoring announcements by the Victorian Government on the changing of restrictions and are strictly following the directive to continue to work from home.

The ongoing supply of our essential services – water, sewage, waterways and drainage is priority for our operational staff. As the Western Treatment Plant is an operational site, we need to ensure Melbourne Water staff are available to undertake their daily critical work.

All of our teams (including operational functions) are working under segregation protocols and our workforce is predominantly working remotely. Core operational staff are still working on site and in the field while complying with safe distancing and additional hygiene measures.

Unfortunately, this means we are unable to open public visitation to the Western Treatment Plant birdwatching areas until further notice. We understand the eagerness to get back onto site to take part in birdwatching, and we can’t wait until we can allow people to return again.

We expect a slow and incremental lift in restrictions by State and Federal governments, which will only continue if there is not a rise in cases of COVID-19. Your patience and support are appreciated as we seek to progress with re-opening our sites over the months ahead.

Details will be communicated as soon as circumstances change and we can allow people to access our birdwatching areas again.

Until we can have you visit us again, we hope you'll enjoy a recently filmed guided tour of the bird habitat at WTP, or explore the WTP through our virtual tour featuring 360-degree views, interesting facts and videos.

To find out more about the changes to birdwatching access visit the Melbourne Water website.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact us via email [email protected] or telephone 131 722.

*These sites are our Head Office at 990 La Trobe Street, Docklands, our Eastern Treatment Plant, Western Treatment Plant, South East Regional Office, North East Regional Office, Brooklyn Pumping Station and our Edithvale Education Centre.

Updated: 17 August 2021

A world class ecosystem in Melbourne's backyard

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.

The YourSay page for the Western Treatment Plant provides the community with the latest news about this iconic site as well as opportunities for the community to get involved in future projects.

Be the first to know about latest news and how to get involved by clicking 'FOLLOW' at the top of the page.

See the highlights of WTP


Listed as a wetland of international significance, Western Treatment Plant is a haven for birds and birdwatchers alike.

What we're working on

The Western Treatment Plant is a hive of activity and features world-class infrastructure as well as leading environmental innovation. We have a number of projects underway that will help to improve plant operations and benefit the wider community. Learn more below about one of our latest projects:

Take a virtual tour of WTP

We offer a range of tours for different members of the community and invite you to learn how the plant works and its environmental significance.

Following COVID-19 restrictions, the site is currently closed to visitors including birdwatchers.

You can, however, experience WTP from the safety and comfort of your home or classroom through guided and self-guided virtual experiences.