Werribee and Surrounds offer so much for families to do this Spring - and it’s all right on your doorstep, just 30 minutes from Melbourne CBD!
Produced by TOT: HOT OR NOT in partnership with Visit Werribee and Surrounds.
While the Werribee Park Precinct - encompassing Werribee Open Range Zoo, Werribee Park & Mansion, Lancemore Mansion Hotel and Shadowfax Wines - is already a popular destination for families, here are some other hand-picked suggestions to help you to ‘choose your own adventure’ when you next visit the region with kids
Grow Your Feast
Spring is the perfect time to tend to the garden!
The Garden Feast is a well-loved Werribee plant nursery that has been owned and operated by the Simpson family since 1972. Their experience in the area means that they know what is best for gardens in the Werribee region, they know the soil and the weather - and most importantly, they know plants!
Their on-site cafe The Feasting Shed spotlights local, seasonal produce on its menu, as well as being a verdant feast for the eyes that will inspire you to transform your home into an indoor jungle.
Even better, you will often be able to buy the same produce used by the kitchen in the nursery - so you can go home and plant it in your garden for future meals!
Eat the World on Watton Street
Watton Street is Werribee City Centre's eat street!
Stroll this leafy avenue and you’ll be sure to find fare that will satisfy every appetite, whether you’re looking for a quick coffee, a pub meal, or multicultural dishes that are hard to find anywhere else in Melbourne.
Family friendly options include:
- Bridge Hotel Werribee: This long-standing Werribee pub reopened in 2020 after an extensive refurbishment. On the menu you’ll find pub favourites, beer on tap and a range of their signature cocktails.
- Lux Afghan Kebab: for platters of spiced meats cooked over charcoal. Kids will relish tearing into the wheels of Afghani flatbread too!
- Truck Stop Deluxe: a truck stop inspired diner serving up some of Melbourne’s best burgers. Their best-selling item is the Saint Side burger, a balancing act of two patties, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and homemade sauce bookended by a toasted brioche bun.
- Black Seed Cafe: Cakes, shakes, and other good mood food are the highlights of this Watton Street favourite.
Be Inspired By Great Art
Walk off lunch with a stroll along Watton Street and discover some of Werribee’s most iconic street art murals.
Werribee Public Art Walking Trail is a self-guided trail and free audio tour of six artworks along a 1km route and takes about 60 minutes to complete.
At each of the stops you’ll find a QR code and website link to an audio recording where you can listen to the artists talk about their work. The six stops include artworks by Ash Keating, Ghostpatrol, Tom Gerrard, Megan Bonnici, Liz Hooker, Mike Makatron and Minna Leunig.
This eye-popping restaurant brings a Tex-Mex and burger fusion experience to Werribee, including a small kids’ menu that’s exceptional value for money.
If pizza is more your style then Teddy Picker is situated on the banks of the Werribee River and boasts one of Werribee’s largest outdoor dining areas.
Grab a bubbling, crusty woodfired pizza (The Teddy Pigger will wrap you in a meaty-cheesy-carb coma), something off the kids menu and maybe one of their signature cocktails - then say cheers to a day well spent with your family!
Get ready for more adventure!
To prime yourself for another day of adventure, head to the area’s newest hotel, the Holiday Inn Werribee. It offers hotel accommodation that’s perfect for families and kids under 12 years old stay and eat free!
During your stay make sure you head up eight floors to Rosana Bistro + Bar, the onsite all-day bistro boasting floor to ceiling windows with a vista overlooking Watton Street, the Werribee River and all the way to Wyndham Harbour.
What a way to cap off your day!