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Things to do in Werribee

by Kayla Mackinnon
Werribee Mansion

Werribee has gotten a bad wrap over the years. When I moved to the eastern suburbs for a few years most of the people I met seemed concerned and confused when I told them that I was from Werribee. In my opinion, Werribee is no different to most outer eastern Melbourne suburbs.

Werribee is located halfway between Melbourne and Geelong (What more could you want?) It is a surprisingly nice and large suburb with lots to see and do. And no it does not smell like poo. 

Here are some things to do in Werribee:

Go on a safari at the Werribee Zoo 

Werribee Zoo really gives Melbourne Zoo a run for its money. One thing that Werribee Zoo has that Melbourne Zoo doesn’t is the safari tour. This tour allows you to get up close and personal with animals such as Zebras, Giraffes and antelopes. The best part is, is that you can view the animals without having to view them through a cage. 

Visit The Werribee Mansion

The Werribee Mansion was built by the Chirnside family in the late 1870s. The mansion is now home to the Lancemore hotel and spa as well as a restaurant. While you’re visiting the mansion you can take a historic mansion tour. If you’re brave enough you can even take a mansion ghost tour.

Visit The Victoria State Rose Garden

Once you’ve explored the historic Werribee Mansion you can take a stroll around the mansion grounds where you will find The Victoria State Rose Garden. The rose garden is home to over 5000 roses and is a great place for a romantic picnic. 

Drink all the wine at Shadowfax Wineries

This restaurant and winery is a great place for catching up and relaxing with friends. Shadowfax Wineries specialises in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Shiraz. 

Stay at the Werribee Zoo

Werribee Zoo’s Slumber Safari is the ultimate combination of glamping and wildlife. The Slumber Safari includes 2 days of zoo entry, an African dinner and breakfast buffet, exclusive animal encounters and much more. The day ends with a night walk and marshmallows by the campfire. Afterwards, you can rest in your luxury lodge and wake up to the sounds of the animals in the morning. 

Visit The RAAF Museum 

The Royal Australian Air Force Museum was the Air Forces only airbase between 1912-1925. Today the base serves as a museum and features an extensive collection of memorabilia and artifacts. 

Check out the B-24 Liberator 

This is the only B-24 Liberator left in the southern hemisphere and is one of only 8 left in the world. Since 1988 this World War II aircraft has undergone restoration and today the restoration is 90% complete. (I guess it must be hard to get the parts or something). If you would like to see this great aircraft you can view it just outside of Werribee’s CBD.

Shop til you drop at Pacific Werribee

It’s no Chadstone but it pretty much has everything. And it’s not as busy! The shopping centre is home to a H&M, Uniqlo, a Village Cinemas, Target, K-mart, Big W, Myer and many many more stores and restaurants.  There is no need to leave Werribee when you have a large shopping centre near by.

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