Werribee Open Range Zoo offers visitors a unique opportunity to see wildlife from Africa, North America, Asia and Australia, roaming free on 200 hectares of land. Behind the scenes, the zoo staff are actively working on projects to prevent extinction of various endangered species.

Highlights

  • Safari Tour – As part of your entry ticket, you will be taken on a bus tour around the acres of land where giraffes, zebras and rhinos interact in one environement. The tour goes for approximately 40 minutes.
  • Australian Journey and Wirribi River Trail – Have a break from all the animals and enjoy a bush walk through the natural landscapes of the African savannah, Victorian grasslands and hippopotamus marsh.
  • Animal Exhibits – Werribee Open Range Zoo has large enclosures for all their animals (mostly mammals), to ensure they are comfortable. See lions, rhinos, hippos, meerkats, bison, and African wild dogs.

Other Facilities & Services

Meerkat Bistro – Located near the entrance, you can come back here for lunch break after visiting various animal enclosures and tours.

Functions – Werribee Open Range zoo also cater for functions such as weddings, birthdays, corporate events, and cocktail parties. You’ll also need to call to book barbecue and picnic facilities.

Tips

Plan for the day – Various animal enclosures such as the meerkats and serval cats have presentation or feeding times. The Safari tour is also run at various time slots. Make sure you don’t miss these while you work your way around the zoo. Free guided tours are also available but need to be booked 7 days in advance. Call (03) 9731 9600.

Visit Werribee Park – Only a 10 minute walk from the zoo, Werribee Park is a good stop in the afternoon for a lunch break or picnic. Explore the historic mansion surrounded by 10 hectares of beautifully maintained garden.

Prices

Normal Prices

Zoo Members Free
Adults $26.10
Children 4 – 15yrs $12.90 Monday – Friday
Free weekends, Victorian public holidays & Victorian school holidays
Children 0 – 4yrs Free everyday

Concessions

Adult $20.20
Senior $23.50
Child with Disability Free
Carer accompanying child or senior with disability Free
Holder of Care Card $10 discount

Family Deals (Mon – Fri, not school holidays)

2 adults, 1 child $59.50
2 adults, 2 children $59.50
2 adults, 3 children $67
2 adults, 4 children $74.50
2 adults, 5 children $82

Group Tickets

20 – 49 adults $23.50 per person
50+ adults $20.90 per person

Wild Encounters

Open Vehicle Adventure

Duration 90 minutes
Cost Including general admission:
Adult $80
Concession $70
Child $65
Restrictions 8+ yrs old
Group size Maximum 14 people
Availability 11:45am daily

African Cat Encounter

Duration 40 minutes
Cost Including general admission:
Adult $70
Concession $65
Child $60
Restrictions 8+ yrs old, must wear covered shoes
Group size Maximum 6 people
Availability 10:30am Tuesday, Saturday & Sunday

Mini Zoo Keepers

Duration 90 minutes
Cost Includes general admission. $80 for 1 child (under 5yrs) + 1 adult
Restrictions child must be accompanied by adult
Availability Tuesday 9am

Slumber Safari

Duration Overnight
Cost $600 for couples, $790 for families (2 adults + 2 children).
Group Size Lodge accomodates 2 adults + 3 children (extra $120 for 3rd child)
Availability September to June. Also available on Victorian school holidays.

Gorillas Behind the Scenes

Duration 45 minutes
Cost Includes general admission
Adults $120
Concession $108
Child $100
Restrictions 10+ years old. ratio of adults to children must be 1:1. Everyone will be wearing face masks.
Group Size maximum 4 people
Availability 1.15pm during selected school holidays: 30 March, 2 April, 3 April, 6 April, 9 April, 11 April, 13 April

Giraffe Encounter

Duration 90 minutes
Cost Includes general admission
Adult $80
Concession $70
Child $65
Restriction Children under 8 must have adult supervision. 1 adult per child.
Group Size 18 people maximum
Availability 11am Saturday and Sunday

Transport

Werribee Zoo is about 35km from Melbourne city center.

  • Shuttle Bus (best option) – $25 per person. The shuttle will take you straight to the zoo and back to the pick up/drop off point at The National Gallery of Victoria, 180 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne, at 9:30am. There is an alternative pick up point at 28 South Gate Ave, Southbank. To book this, call Squires coaches (03) 9748 5094. http://werribeeparkshuttle.com.au/. You can also arrange for them to pick you up at Werribee Park later in the day, if you plan on visiting the Werribee Mansion. If you purchase the iventure attraction card, the shuttle is covered.
  • Train/bus – Catch the train to Werribee station, then catch bus 439 to go to the zoo.

2 Reviews

  1. kathryntheadventurer
    kathryntheadventurer
    Australia 25 Comments
     -  05 Jan 2018

    Fantastic attraction

    It is great to see the animals in the “wild” (large, open plains) with such a variety living together, as you would expect to see in Africa, rather than confined in cages. A scheduled safari bus takes you on a tour to view most of the animals, and there is a small section to walk around and view more. It is a shame you can’t take more than one safari trip with the entrance price. It is a great chance to see animals in a different, more natural environment.

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    echo 30 Comments
     -  25 Jun 2013

    Fantastic attraction

    Nice zoo, but for a zoo with so much land, it didn’t take long to see everything. Probably because the safari tour covered most of the animals and you get a free lift in one of there safari transports. The 2nd half of your day can be spent at the Werribee Mansion.

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