The plant's lagoons, grasslands and coastline provide an ideal 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.

This page is the main way to stay informed of important Western Treatment Plant (WTP) birdwatching updates, including safety and site access changes. Click ‘follow’ to receive updates via email.

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Plan your next birdwatching trip

You must have a permit to birdwatch at the Western Treatment Plant, or join one of our two licenced birdwatching tour operators. Upon entering the site you must follow all signage and COVID-safe requirements, including Melbourne Water’s updated COVID-19 vaccination policy.

Further birdwatching information can be found on our main website, but here are some quick links to make it easier.