Waterways is a residential suburb located in Melbourne's south approximately 25km south of the Melbourne CBD. Originally a housing development, it is just east of Mordialloc. It is Australia's only suburb that's 20% parkland and 40% water. Over 46 hectares of wildlife sanctuary were artificially created in and around the swampy marshlands of Moridalloc Creek.
The Waterways suburb location is environmentally sensitive as it is situated directly between two conservation areas, Braeside Park Braeside_Park and the Edithvale wetlands Edithvale-Seaford Wetlands. Planning permits are strictly regulated and gardens monitored to keep the suburb as native as possible for the abundant wildlife in the area. The Mornington Peninsula branch of the Bird Observers Club of Australia or PENBOC have documented 105 different species of birds in the area. For this reason cats are also forbidden.