Birding in Victoria

To: Andrew Hobbs <>, "" <>
Subject: Birding in Victoria
From: Ed Williams <>
Date: Tue, 8 Apr 2014 04:51:16 +0000
Hi Andrew,
As you are in Point Cook you are perfect location for a lot of good sites - 
notably you'll only be 20 minutes from the majestic Western Treatment Plant, 
which even now that a lot of the shorebirds have gone is a stunning place to 
visit and you should pick up lots of species.
You can pick up a day pass/key and map from the Werribee office of Melbourne 
water - info available on their website.  Great for all sorts of wetland, 
coastal and farmland species.
Only thing would be getting hold of the key as I am not sure how early they 
open their office to pick one up.
Point Cook itself has some good spots for birding with Point Cook coastal park 
(recent home of the American Golden Plover [tbc]) and Cheetham Wetlands on your 
Inland - but still only 20 minutes drive away the You Yangs is another lovely 
spot - with some good dry forest species (Choughs, Robins, Speckled Warbler, 
Diamond Firetail, interesting Honeyeaters, etc) - along with Koalas and Eastern 
Grey Kangaroos.  And nearby is the Serendip sanctuary (which though I have 
never visited I am told has some good birding too).
Do you have any specific targets or habitats?  Basically apart from rainforest 
habitat Point Cook is a great spot in terms of closeness to most other habitats 
in the Melbourne area. 
If you can get your hands on a copy of Tim Dolby's book on Where to See Birds 
in Victoria that would help you too.
All the best,

Ed Williams, Kingsville, VIC

> Date: Mon, 7 Apr 2014 20:42:11 +0800
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> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Birding in Victoria
> Hi,
> Jill and I will be flying over from Perth to visit relatives in 
> Melbourne.  We are staying in Point Cook for a week from Friday 11th to 
> Thurs 17th.  We have only ever been to Victoria in transit to somewhere 
> else.
> Can anybody recommend some good birding spots for this time of the year 
> within a reasonable distance. We should be able to get away several 
> times during the week, particularly early mornings.
> Thanks for any help.
> Cheers
> Andrew
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