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Werribee Open Range Zoo

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by Gypsy Rose (subscribe)
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Published April 23rd 2014
Lets Go Safari
Imagine being surrounded with magnificent wildlife including the mighty rhinoceros, the amazing giraffes, cute zebras and antelopes with an open vehicle safari experience right here in Australia and just around thirty minutes away from the main city.

At Werribee Open Range Zoo, near Melbourne, it is all about the safari experience with an Open Safari Vehicle Adventure (free) which takes you all around the zoo to get up close and personal with the amazing wildlife in a different perspective. You really do get immersed in the sights, scents and sounds of the savannah.

Some of the amazing animals we saw on the Open Safari Vehicle Adventure...


The experience does not end there; there are plenty of themes to keep everyone entertained from the monkey rope play to a sailing a boat- giving you hands on experience to make the visit even more enjoyable.

The zoo has a huge range of different types of animals ranging from Invertebrates, Amphibians, Reptiles, Birds and Mammals. From a hippopotamus to Serval's and all creatures big and small in between.

Some of the wildlife we saw at the zoo...and are you brave enough to venture to the Pula?


There are four trails: Safari Tour, Pula Reserve Trail, Australian Journey and Wirribi River Trail, so don't forget to put on those comfy walking shoes and hit the trails for a wildlife adventure like no other!

For those of you that want to get even closer to the wildlife, there is a wild encounter experience with a behind-the-scenes tour or stay overnight with a Slumber Safari.

You can even meet the keeper which gives you the opportunity to hear all about the animals from the people who know them best... their keepers! Everyday there are opportunities for a keeper chat, so do check out the times on the website or on site.

Look who wanted to say hi...check out those beautiful patterns...


There are many facilities on site including free guided tours, gift shop, wheelchair and prams and of course picnic facilities.

There are function rooms to suit any event too from weddings to corporate events even kids parties- so do check the website for more information.

Getting here is easy from Melbourne CBD the zoo is located 35km west, on the Princess Freeway, if you are coming by train catch the train from Melbourne CBD to Werribee Station then catch the bus 439 to get to the zoo (note that the last bus leaves at 3:30pm), alternatively there is a shuttle bus at 28 South Gate Ave, Southbank where pick-ups are available along the route, the shuttle is $ 25 per person return and bookings are essential- check website for more information.

Some of the breathtaking views around the zoo...
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Why? Experience the savannah without spending thousands of dollars
When: All year round - 9am - 5pm (Last entry at 3.30pm)
Phone: (03) 9731 9600
Where: Werribee Open Range Zoo, K Rd, Werribee South
Cost: Adults $30, Child (4-15yrs) $13.20 - (expect for weekends, Victoria Public & school holidays it is free), Child under 3yrs: free & family deals start from $ 68.50
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