Following the easing of restrictions on 8 November 2020, we are excited to announce that, as of 10 December 2020, the Western Treatment Plant is open again for birdwatching.

As valued members of our community, we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time.

At this stage, only existing birdwatching permit holders will be allowed on site and current birdwatching permit conditions remain unchanged. We’re pleased however to advise that existing permit holders will be given a 6 month extension to their next permit upon renewal as a courtesy because the site was closed most of 2020.

Unfortunately no new birdwatching permits will be issued due to limited staff onsite to process applications and respond in the case an emergency. We are working towards re-opening applications for new birdwatching permits by March 2021.

If your permit expired between March 2020 and March 2021 you are welcome to continue using your birdwatching key to access the site. Your renewal will then be processed from March 2021 at which stage we will add a six month extension to your new permit.

Birdwatchers are expected to abide by current Victorian government restrictions and COVID-safe requirements as detailed below.

  • Upon entry to the site, ALL birdwatchers are expected to individually sign in by scanning a QR code. Signage with information about this process will be positioned at each entry to the site. Birdwatchers are not required to register their visit through our Customer Service Centre.
  • The site is only open to existing birdwatching permit holders
  • There is no access past gate 8 and the Austin Road birdhide
  • Please supply and use your own hand washing products (sanitiser, soap, water and handtowels are NOT provided)
  • Please sanitise touch points before and after use.
  • Maintain physical distancing - Keep at least 1.5 metres between yourself and others.
  • Wear a mask in birdhides and toilets and adhere to the maximum number of people allowed
  • Do not congregate in large groups
  • Take all rubbish home with you.
  • All signage and COVID-safe requirements must be followed.

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

Published: 11 December 2020

A world class ecosystem in Melbourne's backyard

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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.

Explore the Western Treatment Plant

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.

Guided and self-guided virtual tours

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.