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: To ensure we are protecting the community and Melbourne Water staff – and complying with the latest state health advice – our customer-facing sites, including the Western Treatment Plant birdwatching areas, remain closed to visitors until further notice. During this temporary closure, long- and short-term birdwatching permits and birdwatching inductions will not be available.
  • Details will be communicated as soon as circumstances change and we can allow people to access our birdwatching areas again. Until then, we hope you'll enjoy a recently filmed guided tour of the bird habitat at the Western Treatment Plant, or explore it through our virtual tour featuring 360-degree views, interesting facts and videos.
  • For more information, view our latest update.
Last updated:
5 July 2020