We have recently developed an exciting new Draft Master Plan for Werribee South Beach as part of the implementation of the Wyndham Coastal & Marine Management Plan.
We know that the area’s natural beauty makes it a favourite destination for residents and visitors, and our new Draft Masterplan offers more opportunities to enjoy this strip of coast.
The Draft Werribee South Beach Master Plan is based on feedback received from the Wyndham community over several years and aims to enhance the Beach as a welcoming and fun place for residents and visitors, while also protecting the natural environment.
What improvements are we making?
A range of large scale improvements are planned for Werribee South Beach including:
- New public toilets with facilities for people living with disabilities and accessible beach matting to the Main Beach shoreline
- Additional picnic facilities, barbeque shelters and shade trees
- A new wetland deck overlooking the Werribee River
- A new fishing deck with seating
- Renewal of the Wyndham Bay Trail and additional walking paths
- An updated playground
- A dog off lead beach
- Sand dune restoration areas
Our Designs for the Beach
The main visitor area for beach-goers at Werribee South. The precinct will be a first stop, with a new bathroom and change facility, including accessible cubicles. A Changing Places facility will provide visitors living with disabilities a high quality facility with specialised change and bathroom facilities.
The precinct will connect Price Reserve with the Werribee South Foreshore Reserve via existing raised crossing. The beach precinct will open out onto a paved plaza with sheltered picnic benches, outdoor shower facilities and bike facilities. A sealed path will allow equitable access down to Werribee South Beach’s best swimming location.
Hardwood timber deck extends from the existing Bay Trail. At a natural high point, this provides a vantage point to look out over Graham’s Wetland Reserve, while also spanning over two existing drainage outlets which run beneath Beach Rd.
Widened paths create a safe point for pedestrians and cyclists to navigate onto the Bay Trail or onto future paths leading towards the Werribee River. The existing shared trail is to be widened to 2.5m along the length of the Werribee South Foreshore Reserve. Where required, path is to be regraded and reinstated to allow for equitable access along the foreshore trail.
Approximately 400m of the existing trail at the western extent is in good condition and sufficient width and should be retained.
A new regional playground is proposed for the foreshore to replace the existing ageing playground.
The site looks out towards the mouth of the Werribee River, which is home to significant habitat for the critically endangered Orange Bellied Parrot. The playground design encourages kids to jump into the migratory route of the parrot, flying from the breeding grounds in Tasmania’s west coast, across the sea to the winter foraging areas along Victoria’s coasts.
Play elements encourage climbing, moving and exploring for the older kids, with gathering, balance and story elements for little ones.
Iconic features include a timber bird sculpture as a central play element, with smaller ‘nest’ climbing posts and bird sculptures marking the migration route to the feeding ground. A border of coastal shrubs favoured by the parrot provides a buffer against the existing road edge. Existing embankment lawn and treed area to be maintained.
The sweeping bend of Beach Rd around the steep cliff creates a tight space for the Bay Trail to reach the next beach. Local fishers use this point for its access to deep water. To widen the Bay Trail to 2.5m, a deck is proposed to extend over the existing rock revetment wall. This widens to a platform for fishers to give them safe space off of the trail, and an access ramp down to the beach.