Bird watching in Broome & Derby

Broome and Derby bird lovers rejoice!

We've built two new bird huts in Broome and Derby that showcase the diverse range of bird species that visit our wastewater treatment plants.

Bird huts (or hides) are shelters that are used to observe wildlife, especially birds, at close quarters.

Broome

Semi Palmated PloverOur Broome South Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) hosts a diverse range of bird species, including rare migratory birds that roost and breed at the facility. The idea for the bird hut developed in response to the local birdwatchers frequenting the WWTP in an attempt to gain the highest vantage point to spot the birds visiting the wetlands. 

Collaborating with Traditional Owners and local community groups, we've created a place to enjoy nature and learn about the role of wastewater treatment in the sustainable management of our precious water resources.

We've gained permission from the Traditional Owners of the land to name the hut Barndarlmarda, the common name for bird in the language of the Yawuru people.

Visiting Broome Bird Hut

Map of Broome Waste Water Treatment Plant - located on Clementon Street, Broome.

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It's free to visit the facilities which are open to the public daily from 6 am - 6 pm. There are two entrance points on Clementon Street, Broome. See our map for location. Brochures can be found at Broome Visitor Centre, the Broome Bird Observatory and the Water Corporation depot on Blackman Street.

We advise wearing long pants, a long sleeved shirt and a hat and sunglasses. We operate educational tours for students of all ages to learn about Broome’s water recycling process.

Group visits

If you are a group and would like to organise a tour with one of our representatives, please call Senior Advisor Customer and Stakeholder, Sandy Hooft (08) 9186 8266 or email sandy.hooft@watercorporation.com.au

Derby

Rainbow Bee EaterOur bird watching hut is located at Derby’s artificial wetlands, a location that provides an ideal roosting and foraging habitat for waterbirds. The area is referred to as Jirookoo-niljiye Buroo in the local Aboriginal language.

We created the artificial wetlands as a safe and sustainable way of disposing of treated wastewater from the Derby Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP). Overtime, it's become a haven for a diverse range of birds. 

Sightings include migratory shorebirds returning from the northern hemisphere and the many birds that move to the coast during the drier months of the year that take refuge here when the freshwater bodies inland contract.

We built the bird hut in partnership with the Derby Landcare Group and with consultation from members of the local bird watching community with the aim of providing an educational experience for visitors and locals of the Kimberley community to enjoy.

Community involvement

Over 160 students from Derby District High School students and artists collaborated on a project to create a mural relating to water. Artists from Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Culture Centre inspired the artwork with traditional stories about water during a series of workshops.

The mural forms a feature wall at Derby District High School and will be incorporated in the signs at the bird watching platform and in other promotional material for the facility.

Mural created by students from Derby District High School

Visiting Derby Bird Hut

Map of Derby Waste Water Treatment Plant - located on Conway Street, off Derby Highway, Derby

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Located on Conway Street, off the Derby Highway, it's free to visit the facilities which are open to the public daily from 6 am - 6 pm.

We advise wearing long pants, a long sleeved shirt and a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun and insects.

When visiting the facility please be CrocWise. Bodies of water in the Kimberley contain dangerous crocodiles so it is important that you stay away from the water’s edge.

Brochures can be found at the Derby Visitor Centre and our depot in Broome.

Group visits

We operate educational tours for students of all ages to learn about Derby’s water recycling process. If you are a group and would like to organise a tour with one of our representatives, please call Senior Advisor Customer and Stakeholder, Sandy Hooft (08) 9186 8266 or email sandy.hooft@watercorporation.com.au