I assume the pond numbering starts from 1 in every section, so there'll be
several pond 9s.
According to the map on page 8 of this document, pond 9 Western Lagoons is the
pond furthest east after you go through gate 2:
Last time I was there, you had to open another gate (clipped, not padlocked) to
get to that area. It would be directly under the words "Western Lagoon" on the
map they gave you, if it's the same as the one they gave me.
I think ponds 4 and 5 shown on that map are now one pond, not sure what else
I vaguely recall someone posting the location of a very detailed map here a few
years ago. Dave Torr?
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> On 7 Jan 2014, at 6:24 pm, "Brian & Meg" <> wrote:
> Yesterday, My wife and I went to Melbourne Water, filled in the paperwork,
> paid our money and got our key. We were also given a basic map of the WTP,
> dated Sept 2010. Off we went for our first birding experience out there,
> hoping to also find the reported Long-toed Stint (we had attended the Open
> Day tour in early Oct. last year, so we’d seen the basic plan and the various
> roads, etc.)
> Our map showed us the various numbered gates so we headed for Gate 2 which
> is towards the end of Pt Wilson Rd. The map showed ‘Western Lagoon’ and we
> thought finding No. 9 (for the Stint) would be easy. Well, we found 2, 3, 4,
> 5, but no No. 9. The map showed Pond 9 up near Lake Borrie so we headed up
> there thinking that this would be the right place. Obviously, the water there
> was too deep for small waders so we knew that this wasn’t it either. So we
> left via Paradise Rd at Gate 5. There, our luck changed when we met a lovely
> birding couple who were often out here. They didn’t know where western lagoon
> 9 was either but they suggested going into the T-Section Lagoon – in fact,
> they lead us back to Gate 1 and into that area where they directed us to a
> well known spot for Crake and Rail (which was just brilliant – great views).
> Here we also saw numbered Lagoons but did not find No 9.
> My point is that regulars to the WTP obviously know the various lagoons but
> for first-timers like ourselves, it can be difficult. Nevertheless, we had a
> great day seeing so many of the waders and ducks and we left feeling
> contented and looking forward to another day out there in the weeks ahead.
> Has anyone produced a more detailed map, either on paper or as an app for
> the phone? Can someone please explain exactly where Western Lagoon pond 9 is?
> Surely we are not the only ones who have experienced similar frustration.
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