Apply for a birdwatching permit

The Western Treatment Plant is one of the most popular sites for birdwatching in Victoria, with over 280 species recorded at the site. You must apply for a permit to birdwatch at the plant.

Fairy Tern at Western Treatment Plant

COVID-19 update: The Western Treatment Plant remains closed to visitors, to ensure the continued health, safety and wellbeing of our employees, contractors and the community. As a result of this temporary closure, long-term birdwatching permits, short-term permits and birdwatching inductions will not be available until further notice. We thank you for your patience and understanding during this time and will work hard to ensure any changes are minimal as we continue to deliver our services. For more information, please read this news update

Last updated:
14 May 2020