Birdwatching access

The Western Treatment Plant is one of Victoria’s most popular birdwatching spots and an operational site. For your safety, you must have been granted access to birdwatch at the plant, or join a licensed tour operator listed on this page.

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Birdwatching access

There are two access types available: long-term access and short-term access.

Long-term access (2 years)
  • Valid for two years
  • Cost $70 (inclusive of a $50 refundable key deposit)
Short-term access (single visit)
  • Valid for one visit
  • Cost $20

Site access conditions

To visit the site, you must:

To help you navigate your way around the site, bring a copy of the:

Application and payment

Apply and pay online for both short- and long-term access (including access renewals and key replacements). As part of this process you must complete a mandatory online safety induction, which takes approximately 10 minutes.

You must be 18 years or older to be eligible, and ensure you have read and understand our Birdwatching access conditions and hazards (101.42 KB, DOCX).

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Processing and key collection

Once you’ve applied online for birdwatching access, including completing the mandatory safety induction, the next steps are as follows:

  • Long-term access applicants should allow up to 28 days for processing your application, at which stage your access key will be mailed via registered post. Existing access renewals will be confirmed via email. Birdwatchers will not be able to access the site before receiving their access key. Long-term access keys are only available via post and will not be issued from the Werribee Visitor Information Centre. If you forget your key, you will not be able to access the site.
  • Short-term access applicants must first apply online before visiting the Werribee Visitor Information Centre. Applicants must bring valid identification to collect a loan access key from the Werribee Visitor Information Centre (address below). Keys must be returned before 4pm the same day.
    • Werribee Visitor Information Centre
      Located at entry to Werribee Open Range Zoo
      K Road, Werribee South VIC 3030
      Monday to Sunday, 9.30am–4:30pm (closed Christmas Day and Good Friday)
      8734 6006 or email [email protected]

Birdwatching tour operators

Only licensed tour operators, approved by Melbourne Water, are permitted to run tours at the Western Treatment Plant. This helps sustainably manage tourism and birdwatching in the area – which is recognised as a wetland of international significance under the Ramsar Convention.

The two tour companies currently licensed to run Western Treatment Plant birdwatching tours are:

Tour operators who wish to be considered for the next round of Western Treatment Plant birdwatching tour operator licences can register their interest via email: [email protected]

Contact us

 [email protected]

 131 722

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