Start early with the keepers at Werribee Open Range Zoo.
A leisurely 18 holes or play like a champion on superb greens at Werribee Park Golf Club.
Stroll or cycle along the Werribee River Trail.
Spot an abundance of birdlife at one of the regions wetlands.
Stroll or fish off the beach as the sun sets at Werribee South Foreshore.
Wide open spaces, beautiful gardens, walking trails and coastal discoveries are beckoning. The good news is, all of this and more can be discovered only 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD and feels a world away.
The immaculate, expansive gardens of Werribee Park & Mansion are the number one spot for visitors to the region and make for a beautiful place to spend the day. However, if you look a little further you will find a treasure trove of outdoor adventures waiting to be discovered.
Werribee Open Range Zoo
Kick off your day by joining the zookeepers at Werribee Open Range Zoo on an Early Morning Savannah experience to discover what goes on at the zoo before the crowds arrive. You could help keepers prepare food or view a training session; every day is different behind the scenes. Experiences must be pre-booked. Time: allow at least 3-4 hours
Werribee Park Golf Club
Grab the clubs and hit the greens of the championship length Werribee Park Golf Course. Designed with well-placed bunkers and lateral water hazards this course aims to test the skills of every budding golf pro. Surrounded by the beautiful Werribee River and Red Cliffs, the picturesque scenery may help to ease the pain if you find yourself in the rough one too many times.
Werribee River Trail
For keen cyclists and walkers, the scenic Werribee River Trail is sure to please. Following the banks of the Werribee River, you can choose the neatly paved paths or wander off the beaten track, while keeping a keen eye out for the Australian waterbirds and animals, including the threatened Growling Grass Frog, that call this place home. Suitable for all skill levels, the trail loop takes approximately one hour to complete.
The wetlands in the region are renowned as birdwatching havens, attracting thousands of migratory birds from as far as Siberia, Japan and Alaska each year.
Located in the Point Cook Coastal Park, the Cheetham Wetlands includes numerous ponds and lakes that attract a broad variety of birds. Uninterrupted views can be accessed from a purpose-built viewing platform, ‘The Tower’, located at the southern end of the wetlands - ideal for watching our feathered friends.
Considered second only to Kakadu for the variety bird species in Australia the Western Treatment Plant is a must visit. Spread across 10,500 hectares the area includes lagoons, grasslands and coastlines making it the perfect habitat for thousands of birds, including some rare and endangered species. Before visiting, you are required to apply for birdwatching access via Melbourne Water. Or pick up a short stay permit at Werribee Visitor Information Centre.
Wyndham Harbour and Werribee South Foreshore
Follow the salty sea breeze down to Werribee South Foreshore where you can cast a line in from the beach to see if anything is biting, launch your boat or jet-ski or walk along the beach. Wyndham Harbour is the newest marina in Port Phillip Bay. Along with all the marina activities, it is the perfect spot for some fresh air on land or on the water.
Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary
Continue further around the bay and discover the hidden gem that is the Point Cooke Marine Sanctuary, Victoria’s largest marine park, which can be explored both above and below the water.
Keen divers can take the plunge at Point Cook Beach, located within the sanctuary, and uncover a world below the surface abundant with prickly sea urchins and anemones where small sharks patrol the reefs and muddy seafloor.
For those who prefer to stay on dry land, the narrow sandy beaches, rocky reefs and mud flats play host to a huge array of marine life. Make sure you keep your eyes on the horizon and see if you can spot the pod of bottlenose dolphins that are frequent visitors to the sanctuary.
To keep the outdoor adventure rolling after dark, take part in the Slumber Safari at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. A unique behind the scenes experience you will be treated to a dusk safari ride, up close animal encounters and an African themed banquet before spending the night in a luxury lodge overlooking the savannah.
If safari isn’t your style and you are looking to be more centrally located try Quest Werribee or be among the first guests to stay at the Holiday Inn Werribee, the regions newest accommodation offering. Both guarantee a comfortable and memorable stay.
Looking for a more indulgent option? Look no further than the Lancemore Mansion Hotel Werribee Park located alongside the Western regions crown jewel – The Werribee Mansion & Park.