• Spotted Harrier

    Spotted Harrier.   Photographer: Georgina Steytler

  • Yellow-throated Miner

    Yellow-throated Miner.   Photographer: Gunther Frensch

  • Beach Stone-curlew

    Beach Stone-curlew.   Photographer: Glenn Pure

  • Australasian Grebe

    Australasian Grebe.   Photographer: Mark Lethlean

  • Superb Parrot

    Superb Parrot.   Photographer: Judy Leitch

Western Treatment Plant Outings - Information for Visitors

The Western Treatment Plant is the birding hotspot in Victoria. It is a Ramsar site and an Important Bird Area 25 km from Geelong by car. It is a great place to see waders, waterbirds and raptors, with 100 species in a day visit feasible and over 280 species recorded.

Birdwatching Access

The Western Treatment Plant (WTP) is the main sewage treatment facility for Melbourne and is a locked property owned by Melbourne Water. Its 10,500 hectares include farmland, sewage settling ponds of various sizes and depths, conservation ponds, river frontage, and a long foreshore on Port Phillip Bay with sand and mud flats, lagoons, rocky outcrops and outlet drains.

Access is controlled by permit with permit-holders issued with gate keys. Visitors must be accompanied by a permit-holder – every car must have a permit-holder and register the visit with Melbourne Water.

Outings during DPITB

Local permit-holders will host half- and full-day visits on Friday 10th March and Monday 13th March.

Half-day: 8.00am – 12.30pm; 1.00pm – 5.30pm

Full-day: 8.30am – 5.00pm

There will be no outing if a TOTAL FIRE BAN is declared.

Click this link to register your intention to join an outing to ensure we have enough permit-holders to host you. If numbers need to be limited, preference will be given to interstate visitors.

You will receive a confirmation by email well before the day.

Most birding is from the car, with stops along the way at good birding spots, where you can get out.

Cars will not travel in convoy, but disperse from the meeting point under the guidance of the permit-holder.

What to wear & bring

For safety reasons Melbourne Water requires all visitors to wear long pants and lace-up shoes – even if it’s hot. The breeze off the bay can be cool, so bring a jacket. Ironically, there are no facilities. Bring your own lunch (for full day) snacks and drinks – the water isn’t potable.

Where to meet

We will meet inside the gate on the corner of Paradise Road and Point Wilson Road at 8.00am and 1.00pm (half-day) and 8.30am (full-day). Melways page 11 D13

From Melbourne: exit the M1 at Point Wilson Road. Paradise Road is the first road on the left (not named on all Melways).

From Geelong: exit the M1 at the Avalon Airport exit onto Beach Road, and drive past Avalon Airport entrance to Point Wilson Road (3 km), then turn left. Paradise Rd is the first road on the right.

Visitors will be able to safely leave their cars inside the locked gate at Paradise Road.

Don’t be late as the gate will be locked once the outings start.


For further information: Jill Wilson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 03 9754 8853

On the day if you are unable to make it, are lost, or running late: 0413 015 813


You can download a pdf document containing this information here.


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The Our People page, in the About Us section, contains email links to each of the committee members.