As a result of the recent high rainfalls and subsequent flooding Melbourne Water is working with emergency services and other relevant agencies to review the impacts to our waterways and assets. 

For flood or storm emergency assistance, contact the VIC SES on 132 500 and for life threatening emergencies call 000. 

You can access current emergency information by calling the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226 or sign up to receive regular updates regarding flooding via the emergency.vic.gov.au website and app.

Get active by the water

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Melbourne’s waterways: whether it’s to exercise, socialise or connect with nature. From walking to unwinding, here are some of the best spots that make the most of our rivers, creeks and reservoirs.


Woman jogging along river

Walking tracks and bike trails

Explore trails that follow our waterways through urban settings and lush parklands, and feel a million miles from city life.


Find walking or bike trails



Mother and children having a picnic by their local waterway

Barbecue and picnic spots

Fancy outdoor dining with a waterfront view? Find a place for the perfect afternoon cook-up along Melbourne’s rivers, creeks and reservoirs.


View barbecue locations



Melbourne Water employee and two people with binoculars


Spot hundreds of different bird species – some rare and endangered – among our waterways and wetlands. Or apply for a permit to access the Western Treatment Plant: Victoria’s premier birdwatching destination.


Go birdwatching



Boy and man fishing by a river

Fishing advice

We care for waterways to provide healthy habitats for fish. Read about licence requirements and steps you can take to fish responsibly.


Prepare before you fish



Remember: there are risks associated with any open body of water, so stay safe when visiting your local waterway.

Need more motivation for getting out and about? Take a peek at some of the gorgeous views you could be soaking up:


Last updated:
2 February 2021