Eastern Treatment Plant tours

Discover cutting-edge plant design and technology and get up to speed on recycled water production on an excursion to the Eastern Treatment Plant.

Book your visit

The two-hour tours must be pre-booked, and can be arranged on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 10am to 12pm or 12.30pm to 2.30pm.

Tours will be cancelled on days of Extreme or Code Red Fire Danger ratings.

Secondary schools

Walking tours at the Eastern Treatment Plant are a great way for secondary school students to learn about water treatment, water recycling and renewable energy production.

Note: Eastern Treatment Plant tours are not suitable for primary school students.

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Tertiary and community groups

Eastern Treatment Plant tours are also available to industry and community groups, TAFE and tertiary students.

Note: These tours are not available to the general public. 

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Costs vary depending on group and visit type. Prices are quoted per person and include GST.

​Group type ​Max. group size ​Cost (incl. GST) ​Min. booking fee
Secondary school groups (Years 7-12)​ 50​ $8.00 $190​
Combined tour with ESWEC visit (Years 7-12)​ 35​ ​$14.00 ​$190
TAFE and tertiary groups​ 45​ $8.70​ $225
Community and industry groups​ 45​ $8.70 $225​

A cancellation fee of $60 applies with less than 5 business days notice.


We are committed to the safety of all visitors to our sites.

When visiting our tour sites, we ask that you strictly follow these safety rules at all times:

  • wear closed-toe, flat-soled shoes – sandals and thongs are not permitted on site
  • wear a long-sleeved top and long pants/trousers
  • wear a high visibility vest and safety glasses as provided by your guide
  • stay with your tour guide at all times during the tour
  • do not climb on or over railings
  • do not touch any machinery or equipment
  • do not run
  • no flash photography is allowed
  • switch off mobile phones while on tour

The Eastern Treatment Plants treats sewage, which contains many micro-organisms including bacteria, viruses and parasites. When visiting the plant:

  • avoid contact with sewage and sewage-related products
  • wash your hands before leaving the plant or eating
  • do not eat or drink during the tour
  • wash any contaminated clothing separately to your normal washing
  • cover any open wounds, and report any minor cuts or abrasions that occur while onsite to Melbourne Water
  • wear appropriate clothing for all weather conditions as activities are conducted outdoors

Student supervision and discipline is the school's responsibility, and teachers and adults accompanying school groups should actively supervise students at all times. Students should not be unsupervised at any time.

We reserve the right to cancel a booked tour, and ask individuals or groups to leave the site immediately if any action or behaviour is unsafe. 


A tour of the Eastern Treatment Plant is the best way for secondary school, TAFE and tertiary students to experience first-hand the sewage treatment process to support units of work around wastewater treatment.

They will gain insight into the plant’s sustainability features, including renewable energy and recycled water production. These tours can be combined with a trip to the Edithvale-Seaford Wetland Education Centre.

Note: Eastern Treatment Plant tours are not suitable for primary school students.

Industry and community

Industry and community groups can take general tours of the Eastern Treatment Plant.

Tours provide a unique opportunity to learn about:

  • treating sewage, including the primary and secondary treatment processes
  • capturing biogas to create electricity
  • the tertiary upgrade that sees an advanced treatment process use ozone, biological filters and UV to produce high quality recycled water

Note: These tours are not available to the general public.


Can't visit the plant in person?

Our website has information on the Eastern Treatment Plant's sewage treatment process.

Educational resources

Students can engage with our classroom activities before and after their visit to the plant, through activities that enhance the Eastern Treatment Plant tour experience for students, and support units of work around wastewater treatment.

Melbourne's Water Story — teacher resources

Last updated:
16 March 2018