The Western Treatment Plant re-opened to birdwatching permit holders on Monday 29 November 2021.

To ensure the ongoing safety of our staff and the provision of essential services, all visitors (including birdwatchers) to Melbourne Water sites (including the Western Treatment Plant) must abide by COVID safe practices, including Melbourne Water’s updated COVID-19 vaccination policy.

COVID Vaccination requirements

  • To access the site, birdwatchers must maintain a current vaccination status, which means that an individual has received both an initial vaccination against COVID-19 and any subsequent vaccinations or boosters that are required or recommended by the Australian Commonwealth Government or a state or territory government to maintain immunity against COVID-19.
  • Birdwatchers may visit the Western Treatment Plant with a medical exemption evidenced by an authorised medical practitioner.
  • Birdwatchers may be asked to provide evidence of their current vaccination status or medical exemption. Spot checks of visitors (including birdwatchers) will be conducted.
  • All guests of permit holders must also comply with Melbourne Water’s COVID-19 vaccination policy. As the permit holder, you are solely responsible for any guests while on site.

Other COVID safe practices

  • All birdwatchers, including guests of permit holders, are expected to individually sign in when entering the site by scanning a QR code. Signage explaining this process will be positioned at each entry to the site. Birdwatchers are not required to register their visit through our Customer Service Centre.
  • Maintain social distancing and where this is not possible wear a mask, such as in bird hides.
  • Maintain good hand hygiene

Other important information

  • The Paradise Road toilets will be open to birdwatchers. Unfortunately the accessible toilet is currently out of order however work is underway to resolve this.
  • In addition to complying with Melbourne Water's COVID-19 vaccination policy, birdwatching permit conditions are detailed here:

Birdwatching permit conditions and hazards

Stay informed

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

Updated: 27 April 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.

This page provides the community with the latest news about this iconic site as well as opportunities to get involved in future projects.

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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 about 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.

Experience WTP from the safety and comfort of your home or classroom through guided and self-guided virtual experiences.