Both experienced twitchers and beginner birdwatchers can try their luck spotting hundreds of different bird species – some rare and endangered – amongst Melbourne's wetlands, rivers and creeks.
Western Treatment Plant
The Western Treatment Plant is one of the most popular sites for birdwatching in Victoria, with 284 species of birds recorded there from south eastern Australia and the east Asia.
The plant's lagoons, grasslands and coastline provide an ideal and varied habitat for birds with a permanent water supply, plenty of food, and little interference from humans.
You must apply for a permit to bird watch at the Western Treatment Plant. All visits must be registered and special permits obtained to access some areas.
Find out more about birdwatching at the Western Treatment Plant.
Eastern Treatment Plant
The Eastern Treatment Plant is home to a large native bird population, including many species of regional, state and national significance.
The plant provides habitat for large numbers of migratory waders. These birds arrive around August then leave for the northern hemisphere between February and May. Some travel up to 24,000 kilometres a year.
Regular bird counts are organised by BirdLife Australia at the Eastern Treatment Plant. Register your interest to be a volunteer for one of these monthly four-hour counts by contacting BirdLife Australia.
Find out more about birdwatching at the Eastern Treatment Plant.
The Edithvale-Seaford Wetland is the largest remaining natural wetland of its kind in the Port Phillip and Westernport region. It is estimated that at any one time, up to 7000 birds call Edithvale Seaford Wetland their home.
The wetland features an education display at the new Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre. There is also an extensive walking and bicycle track around the perimeter of both wetlands for birdwatching as well as elevated platforms across the area. You do not need a permit to bird watch here.
Find out more about birdwatching at the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland.
Other birdwatching locations
The Yarra River and Mullum-Mullum Creek also offer good opportunities for spotting feathered friends.