Werribee Park and Mansion, Australia

Werribee Park Mansion is an Italianate style mansion in Werribee, south-west of Melbourne.

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Werribee Park Mansion was built between 1874 and 1877 by Scottish brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. Thomas committed suicide in 1887. Andrew died three years later and the property was divided between his four sons.

In 1923, it was brought by the Catholic Church, who added additional wings, and it became Corpus Christi College, a Catholic seminary.

Currently it is owned by the Victorian Government. A separate wing housing the Mansion Hotel and Spa was later built.

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It is free to explore the Werribee Park Mansion gardens and grounds, but entry to the Mansion is by admission.

One of the features of the 10 hectare grounds is an ornamental lake. A grotto is located on a man-made island in the middle of the lake. The grotto was built in 1877 and decorated by the Chirnside family. The ceiling is lined with shells from their holiday home at Point Cooke.

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Werribee Park and Mansion is located at Gate 2, K Road, Werribee.

Werribee Open Range Zoo, Australia

Werribee Open Range Zoo is a zoo in Werribee, Victoria, about 32 kilometres south-west of Melbourne.

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The highlight of Werribee Open Range Zoo is the Safari bus. This 40 minute tour with live commentary travels through open savannah grasslands where antelope, bison, camel, giraffe, Mongolian wild horse, ostrich, rhino, scimitar-horned oryx, and zebra roam.

I recommend starting the day with the Safari bus, and then exploring the rest of the zoo’s foot trails. The last tour boards at 3.30pm.

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There are two main trails to explore by foot – the African trail and the Australian trail. There is also the Werribee River Trail, which provides views of the Werribee River.

The African trail is home to African wild dogs, cheetahs, gorillas, hippos, meerkats and lions.

The Australian trail has native animals and birds, such as brolga, eastern barred bandicoot, emu, kangaroo, koala, and tamar wallaby.

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Werribee is a great day trip from Melbourne. It is easily accessible by public transport – simply take the train to Werribee Station and then catch Bus 439 Weribee South to the Zoo.

Werribee Open Range Zoo is at K Road, Werribee South and is open from 9am to 5pm (last entry at 3.30pm).