Melbourne writer, reader and Managing Editor of Lip Magazine. www.lipmag.com
Published May 21st 2010
Where else but Melbourne can one get a taste of rich culture and history and devour an entire meal of modern art in the one place? Werribee Park, located just 30 minutes west of the CBD, offers just that and more.
There is a lot to see and do here. First on the list is the Werribee Mansion. Set on 10 hectares of immaculately kept parklands, the mansion boasts 60 extensively restored rooms and was originally home to the historic Chirnside family. Visitors can view some of the family's personal items, including clothing, furniture and trinkets, which are on display, and then check out the Seminary Years Exhibition.
Behind the mansion is the Chirnside family farm. Wander through the original farmyard, which is just by the riverine, and enjoy a photographic exhibition that displays some early 1900s farming activities.
Next, take a relaxing stroll through the exquisite formal rose gardens and stop to rest by the riverine. This is a beautiful spot to unwind and take in the sounds of native wildlife and the scent of overhead eucalypt trees. Bring a rug along and enjoy a picnic on the Great Lawn.
The latest and most intriguing addition to the park is the contemporary Sculpture Walk. It features a selection of sculptural work from some of Australia's leading artists. Take your time and take it all in, and if you are so inclined, take one home! Each of the 29 magnificent sculptures is for sale (excluding previous Award Winners), but don't expect to be loading your buy into the 5-seater – these sculptures are huge!