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A Visit to Werribee Zoo, Melbourne

Updated on July 8, 2021
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Me @Werribee open Range ZOO
Me @Werribee open Range ZOO | Source

During my trip to Australia in September 2019, I got few days to explore Melbourne, although I visit this beautiful city almost every year. This time, I attended some family functions; hence, it was a gathering of family and friends. One day I planned to visit Werribee Open Range Zoo with family members.

Spread over 225 hectares, it is an African-themed zoological park. It is situated on the Werribee River about 32 kilometres in southwest Melbourne. We spent an almost full day with several species of animals, birds and experienced a never forgettable moment there.

Plan Trip with Family & Friends

This tour can be more fun-filled if you visit with family, friends,s and especially kids. We enjoyed closely observing wildlife, including different species of animals like camels, zebras, crocodiles, horses, waterbuck, giraffe, ostrich, rhinoceros, and so many others. Because of its size and variety, this place promises you a whole day packed with many activities.

Deep & my sister, Paramjit @ Werribee Zoo Enterence
Deep & my sister, Paramjit @ Werribee Zoo Enterence | Source

Off Road Safari

At Werribee Zoo, visitors can book various 'speciality' tours, including the Off-Road Safari, have close encounters with gorillas, giraffes, and ostriches. With this tour, you can experience animals' natural habitats; live commentary makes you more aware of wildlife. On this Safari, you pass through well-maintained grasslands and natural forest surroundings. When Safari stops, you get an opportunity to sneak a peep into the lives of different animals; you feel amazing when the giraffe touches the window of Safari, and you touch and even feed them.

Road Safari tour takes you off-road and up close to the animals, creating a more intimate and awesome experience. You get opportunities to stop, observe, ask questions to your guide, and capture the perfect photograph; it's nothing less than a true African safari.

Longhorn Cattle
Longhorn Cattle
Longhorn Cattle protecting her grassland
Longhorn Cattle protecting her grassland

A day at Werribee Open Zoo gives you wonderful experiences about the lives of so many wild animals, like lions, Hippopotamus, Kulinda, and Cheetah. The Gorillas encounter is one of the largest in the world and allows you to feed and interact with mammals. The Texas Longhorns cattle alongside zebra make grassland look more amazing, and it reminds you of African wildlife more lively.

Safari passes near to Lake
Safari passes near to Lake | Source
Ostrich greeting you
Ostrich greeting you | Source

Feeding giraffes can be wonderful experience

Another wonderful experience that you can have with your kids is feeding giraffes at the Werribee Zoo while you see eye to eye with one of the tallest animals in the world. There are plenty of giraffes, so everybody easily gets the opportunity to see them closely. Normally, they bend their long necks over the fence, and you can even touch them, as they are so friendly.

Other attractions nearby

Other attractions near Werribee Zoo are Werribee Park Mansion and State Rose Garden. Mansion was built between 1874 in the Italianate style by Thomas Chirnside from Scotland and his brother Andrew Chirnside. Nowadays, it is converted into the five-star Mansion Hotel & Spa, also named the ‘Most Romantic Hotel in Australia.’ The mansion has several rooms open to the public, including the billiards rooms, main bedrooms, reception rooms, and the kitchen. In the surrounding Mansion, a State Rose Garden is having 5000 roses blooming. You can plan and enjoy a picnic or explore the gardens.

Me with Bhawana @ State Rose Garden, very near to Werribee Zoo
Me with Bhawana @ State Rose Garden, very near to Werribee Zoo | Source

Carry some eatables

As you will be there for almost a whole day, you must carry some eatables or fruits, but if you forget, don’t worry about lunch. There is a Cafe that has an excellent list of scrumptious food on its menu. The menu includes soups, salads, sandwiches, steaks, etc. You can also order a glass of wine or a bottle of beer. Enjoy your meal and drinks with wildlife animals in lush green grassland.

Werribee Open Range Zoo tickets

You need to purchase entry tickets to visit Werribee Zoo. You can buy tickets at the counter, but it is safe to buy tickets online to avoid waiting in long lines. We also recommended opting for a guided tour pass to learn more about the zoo's various animals and their habitats. If you’re planning to visit during the weekend, then having an entry ticket at hand is the best way to make the most of your tour.

Werribee Zoo & State Rose Garden
Werribee Zoo & State Rose Garden | Source

Must visit while you are in Melbourne

This time, when you visit Melbourne, you must book a Werribee Open Range Zoo Tour with Wildlife Tours Australia and experience the grassland wildlife. You will surely get a lifetime experience of grassland full of the savanna-like African environment.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Jaspal Singh


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