Get ready for two days of adventure and family fun with this two-day family itinerary in Werribee and Surrounds.
Go on Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Set the tone for your weekend of fun at Werribee Open Range Zoo. Spot rhinos, zebra, giraffe on and more on the Safari Bus Tour (included in entry) and explore the African and Australian walking trails. For something extra special the Mystery Ranger Tour is a great, lower cost option for families. Plus kids under 16 are free at the zoo on weekends and school holidays. Bookings essential.
Casual eats on Watton Street
From the zoo, it’s a short 10-minute drive into Watton Street in Werribee where you’ll find loads of family friendly dining options. Take your pick from cafes, sandwich bars, great pizzas, classic pub fare, Mexican, Indian and Filipino eats. If the family vote is for burgers – the truck-themed interior of Truck Stop Deluxe is particularly fun.
Hit the playground at Wyndham Park
After lunch and your hotel check in, grab an ice cream at Augustus Gelatery Werribee and stroll over the bridge to Wyndham Park for some playground fun. There are two huge playgrounds to explore along with walking trails along the river. If the weather’s fine, it’s also a short stroll to Werribee Outdoor Pool.
Family-friendly dining and food truck fun
Check into your serviced apartment at Quest Werribee or two-bed suite at Holiday Inn Werribee in the heart of central Werribee. At Holiday Inn Werribee kids 12 and under stay and eat for free – terms and conditions apply.
Take a short stroll along Watton Street for a delicious a relaxed family meal at Tocca, Teddy Picker or The Park Werribee, or check out the buzzy outdoor food truck park at Wheelers Food Trucks & Bar.
Explore Werribee Park Mansion or the RAAF Museum
Before you hit the road on today’s coastal adventure, fuel up with a stack of pancakes or simple eggs on toast at Notorious Espresso, Chatterbox Café or The Social Sutra.
Take time to tour Werribee Park Mansion and then then burn off some energy out on those rolling green lawns. It’s the perfect spot to bring a kite, or a ball to kick around – just steer clear of the heritage buildings (and their windows!). Entry to the grounds is free, with a small fee for Mansion entry.
Feel the need for speed? Head to the RAAF Museum and get a close look at fighter jets, helicopters, propellor planes and more! This free museum has one of the best collections of historical aircraft in the world. Open on Thursdays and Sundays from 10am – 3pm with online bookings essential.
Enjoy lunch by the seaside
Settle in for woodfired pizzas and family-friendly fare at 3030 Boulevard or grab fish and chips to enjoy on the lawn and take in the views across Port Phillip Bay.
Mini-golf fun and a wetland wander
The Elements Coastal Activity Park
Challenge the kids to a game of mini golf at Wyndham Harbour’s The Elements Coastal Activity Park. The nature-based course is located right on the edge of the harbour, with terrific views of the Bay. It’s a relaxed drop-in affair with admission $10-$15.
Close out the weekend with a visit to Cheetham Wetlands (free entry). Park at Point Cook Homestead and then stretch your legs with an easy 1-kilometre walk to the observation tower for terrific views of the wetlands and city skyline.
Crocodile Park or Bayview Park
If the kids can’t be tempted by a walk, win them over with a visit to Crocodile Park or the pirate ship themed Bayview Park instead on your way home.