Apply online for birdwatching access
Find out how to apply, and other site access requirements.
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 Aug 2021
The plant's lagoons, grasslands and coastline provide an idea and varied habitat for tens of thousands of birds and other significant wildlife -due to the permanent water and food supply and little interference from humans.
You must have approval to birdwatch at the Western Treatment Plant, and once you have an access permit follow all signage and COVID-safe requirements upon entering the site.
Changes from May 2021
General and Special Access permits have been combined into one application, allowing newly-approved birdwatchers access to all areas marked on the birdwatching access map (PDF, 567KB).
Find out how to apply, and other site access requirements.
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Take a closer look at some of the feathered inhabitants of WTP's bird habitats.
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Learn about Melbourne Water's other facilities, waterways and wetlands where you can go birdwatching.
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