Werribee is just outside Melbourne in Victoria and is regarded as a Melbourne suburb. It lies 32 km south-west of the Melbourne city centre.
Werribee lies along the Princes Highway between Melbourne and Geelong. Melbourne is just a short drive or train ride away, making Werribee a great place to stay and take day trips into the big city. The Werribee Park Shuttle also travels daily between Melbourne and Werribee via Point Cook, but you need to book a seat ahead of time.
Werribee Park Mansion - Werribee Park was the estate of the brothers Thomas and Andrew Chirnside. They were sheep farmers who had built the mansion by 1877. Today you can wander the halls of this magnificent building and revel in the Victorian decor. However, you may find the 'What Was That?' night tour much more fun. Part guided tour, part play, it is a unique way to find out more about the mansion and its original inhabitants. The tour guides are actors who pretend to be the maid, Maggie and the butler, Mr Duncan.
Werribee Open Range Zoo - If you've been travelling through Australia long enough, you may start yawning at the thought of seeing yet another kangaroo, koala or platypus. The Werribee open Range Zoo in Werribee Park will then be a welcome change. The zoo's theme is Africa, so you can watch the antics of the meerkats, try to work out just how long a giraffe's neck really is or hide your jewellery from the ostriches since they love shiny things. Other animals include zebra, oryx, hippo, rhino, lions, cheetahs and vervet monkeys.
Rally driving - Werribee has a rally dirt track where you can kick up some dust. Get into a souped-up rally car and drive a few laps as fast as you can. There are several packages available.
RAAF Museum, Point Cook - The RAAF Museum at the Point Cook RAAF base, just over 11 km from Werribee, is a must-see if you're into aeroplanes. There are three display hangars and an outdoor display area too. The aircraft being exhibited changes from time to time, but you'll see legendary aircraft like the Tiger Moth and the Hercules helicopter. On Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays at 13:00 you can even see some of these aircraft, including the Tiger Moth, in action. Note that the museum is closed on Mondays as well as on Good Friday and Christmas Day.
Melbourne - Melbourne is Australia's second biggest city and its cultural capital. There are dozens of museums, parks, art galleries and theatres to explore and festivals to attend. The architecture is incredible and ranges from Victorian to ultramodern creations. The city is famed for its street culture and can be seen as the Berlin of the Southern Hemisphere. You'll be amazed at the sheer number and quality of the works of street art you'll find when you wander the alleys. Don't forget your camera!
Cowes - On the eastern side of Melbourne lies Cowes, Phillip Island. It's a bit of a drive from Werribee through Melbourne - just over 172 km - but well worth it if you have kids. At the Phillip Island Nature Park thousands of little penguins, the smallest penguin species, leave their burrows in the morning to go for a swim and come home at dusk. The Penguin Parade is a magical experience. If you want a different kind of magic, take the kids to A Maze'N Things, just before you drive into Cowes. You'll have a good idea of what you're in for when you see the weirdly shaped building with its giant tap on top. The Big Tap is one of Australia's Big Things. The kids may enjoy running through the maze, but a sure hit will be the Illusions Room. Right next door to A Maze'N Things is another Australian Big Thing, the Big Koala.