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COVID-19 update for birdwatching

Video: Western Treatment Plant bird habitat

The Victorian State Government recently announced an easing of restrictions in Victoria, expanding the reasons for leaving home from 11.59 pm Tuesday 12 May. A renewed State of Emergency was also announced and will be in place until Sunday 31 May. Read our birdwatching update and explore online to find out more. 

Western Treatment Plant closed

As at Monday 11 May 2020, the Western Treatment Plant remains closed to visitors.

This is 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.

Western Treatment Plant site upgrade
We've recently installed way-finding bollards at the Western Treatment Plant for birdwatching.

Birdwatching route upgrade

While the site has been closed, we have been busy and have made a number of improvements for visitors to the site. These changes improve safety, navigation and increase communications with our visitors, including the installation of:

  • 45 way-finding bollards to help visitors navigate safely around the birdwatching route
  • 5 information signs featuring a map and safety information
  • New bird identification charts inside bird hides
  • A noticeboard and screening planting at the Paradise Rd toilets

These changes are now in place and ready for when we welcome visitors back to the Western Treatment Plant. This project builds on earlier enhancements to the visitor experience around Lake Borrie.

Explore more online

We know our birdwatchers are missing their regular visits to the Western Treatment Plant. We also miss having you so we hope you'll enjoy this video until we can have you visit us again:



  • For a refresher on the bird species available at the Western Treatment Plant, check out our webpage for more details. 
  • Don't forget to check out the Western Treatment Plant through our virtual tour! It features 360-degree views, interesting facts and videos. Discover how the site has evolved over the last century to the site it is today – its importance as a haven for thousands of birds is just part of the story.


If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to email us at [email protected] or telephone 131 722. Thank you for your co-operation.