Werribee Open Range Zoo:
It had been a very long time since we visited this zoo. We used to live near Werribee and had a zoo membership, but that was years ago!
The zoo has undergone a few changes in those years. It is still the animal friendly open range zoo it always has been but with new and shiny features. For a start, the safari trucks are heaps nicer than they used to be!
The thing that makes Werribee open range zoo great, is the thing that makes it not so great. The large open range-ness is awesome for the animals, but not so awesome for seeing those animals! It’s a case of playing “spot the cheetah” whenever we go and of all the times I have been I have NEVER ever seen a bandicoot. Ever. The animals are no doubt, happier than they would be if kept in smaller enclosures to ensure visibility – so I certainly don’t want that to change! Take your zoom lens!
They are currently upgrading the Australian animal area, so during our visit we didn’t even see a kangaroo. Seriously. We did see some fake animals and a guy mowing the grass though.
If you are planning a trip to Werribee Open Range Zoo, I highly recommend you research your trip and plan your day to make the most of your visit. Check out the website and plan to visit the “meet the keeper” talks. Otherwise you’ll just wander around being annoyed that all the animals are asleep or invisible.
We never plan our trip in this way and always regret it! Next time I WILL plan it out and go to all the things!
Tip: Take a picnic lunch – there are plenty of areas to sit and eat. You can buy food there or even go to the restaurant there, but it’s always busy and the prices are as to be expected – pricey.
Another tip: Take a towel and perhaps a change of clothes for your children that will run around in the hippo sprinklers and get soaked.
|Child (0-3 yrs)||Every day||FREE|
|Child (4-15 yrs)||Sat, Sun, public/school hols||FREE|
|Child (4-15 yrs)||Mon – Fri outside holidays||$13.20|
Another tip: Buy your tickets online so you don’t have to line up with the masses.
*This post was not in any way commissioned or endorsed by the zoo