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Werribee Open Range Zoo
Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo

star-4.5
139 Reviews
Sun–Fri: 9am–5pm, Sat: 9am–8:30pm
K Road, Werribee, South Victoria, 3030

The Basics

General admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo includes a 40-minute safari bus tour around Werribee Park with live commentary from a safari guide. Visitors can also enjoy viewing areas and walking trails, spotting Kubu River hippos and trekking through grasslands; learn more about the zoo’s efforts toward animal conservation during the daily zookeeper talks; or take part in optional activities, such as a small-group off-road safari tour, an overnight experience, or supervised animal encounters.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Melbourne

star-4
Awesome Zoo
Greg_T, Jul 2021
Werribee Open Range Zoo General Admission Ticket
Very good tour. Really enjoyed it. Apart from the cold. Was freezing. Would have got 5 stars if not so cold
star-5
Seeing all the animals...
JULIE_C, Apr 2021
Off-Road Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
Seeing all the animals close up on the 4wd safari adventure. The hippopotamus playing in the water and all the interactive activities for the children
star-5
Worth it
Adilah, Apr 2020
Werribee Open Range Zoo General Admission Ticket
Got to see amazing widlife animals especially on the safari ride. Didn’t expect to see such a close up of all the animals. Really an eye opener.
star-5
Awesome upgrade
Katrina L, Oct 2019
Off-Road Safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo
The off-road safari was a great optional upgrade to the regular free safari that is offered at Werribee as you get to go a bit closer to the animals & you have a chance to stop and observe as your guide explains more in depth about them. It rained on the day we were there so it was quite chilly - they do have blankets but just be prepared for the weather! Something to note if you are planning to go to Werribee Open Range Zoo without your own vehicle is that though there is a bus to and from the Metro station, it does not come very often so you should plan accordingly. There are taxis waiting at the Metro station that can take you to the zoo but no taxis waiting at the zoo for the trip back. There is a tourist information center by the entrance that can help.
star-5
Whar an excellent attraction.
bthomasm70, Jan 2020
Werribee Open Range Zoo General Admission Ticket
My sister and I along with my niece her husband and 3 children whose ages range from 11 to 20 met at the Zoo and thoroughly enjoyed our experience on the buses, seeing the animals in their own environment was just brilliant!! I loved how they really concentrated on what children love with all the water features for want of a better word. It kept younger children highly amused as well as cool as on the day the weather was very warm.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Queues can be long especially in peak season (December and January), so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.

  • On-site facilities include free parking, picnic areas, and a range of restaurants, cafés, and kiosks.

  • If visiting with young children, there is an indoor play area and a miniature safari tour that’s specifically designed for toddlers.

  • Safari tours are wheelchair accessible and suitable for all ages.

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How to Get There

Werribee Open Range Zoo is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and is accessible by car along Princes Highway South or by public transportation, via bus 439 from Werribee Station. There is also a shuttle bus that departs daily from outside the National Gallery of Victoria in central Melbourne, but tickets must be booked in advance.

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When to Get There

The zoo is open daily year-round. It can get crowded in peak season (December and January), as well as on weekends and public holidays throughout the year. For the best wildlife watching, visit in cooler weather, when the animals are more likely to be active—they tend to hide out in the shade during the hottest periods.

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Wildlife Watching at the Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hop aboard an open vehicle and venture off-road through the Werribee grasslands, where you’ll search for rhinoceros, buffalo, antelope, African wild dog, or prowling prides of lions. See vervet monkeys, as they swing through the treetops, watch hippopotamus splashing around in the river, or spot zebras out grazing on the plains. Other top sightings include endangered species such as western lowland gorillas, desert dwellers like camels and ostriches, and native Australian animals such as kangaroos, emu, koalas, and eastern barred bandicoots.

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