Werribee Open Range Zoo Tours
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Australia might be famous for its kangaroos and koalas, but the Werribee Open Range Zoo offers all the excitement of an African safari on Aussie shores. Lions, rhinoceros, giraffes, and gorillas all roam freely in the park’s 494-acre (200-hectare) grasslands, affording visitors some incredible wildlife-watching opportunities.
General admission to Werribee Open Range Zoo includes a 40-minute safari bus tour around Werribee Park with live commentary from a safari guide. Visitors can also enjoy viewing areas and walking trails, spotting Kubu River hippos and trekking through grasslands; learn more about the zoo’s efforts toward animal conservation during the daily zookeeper talks; or take part in optional activities, such as a small-group off-road safari tour, an overnight experience, or supervised animal encounters.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Queues can be long especially in peak season (December and January), so it’s best to book your tickets in advance.
- On-site facilities include free parking, picnic areas, and a range of restaurants, cafés, and kiosks.
- If visiting with young children, there is an indoor play area and a miniature safari tour that’s specifically designed for toddlers.
- Safari tours are wheelchair accessible and suitable for all ages.
How to Get There
Werribee Open Range Zoo is about 21 miles (34 kilometers) southwest of Melbourne and is accessible by car along Princes Highway South or by public transportation, via bus 439 from Werribee Station. There is also a shuttle bus that departs daily from outside the National Gallery of Victoria in central Melbourne, but tickets must be booked in advance.
When to Get There
The zoo is open daily year-round. It can get crowded in peak season (December and January), as well as on weekends and public holidays throughout the year. For the best wildlife watching, visit in cooler weather, when the animals are more likely to be active—they tend to hide out in the shade during the hottest periods.
Wildlife Watching at the Werribee Open Range Zoo
Hop aboard an open vehicle and venture off-road through the Werribee grasslands, where you’ll search for rhinoceros, buffalo, antelope, African wild dog, or prowling prides of lions. See vervet monkeys, as they swing through the treetops, watch hippopotamus splashing around in the river, or spot zebras out grazing on the plains. Other top sightings include endangered species such as western lowland gorillas, desert dwellers like camels and ostriches, and native Australian animals such as kangaroos, emu, koalas, and eastern barred bandicoots.
Address: K Road, Werribee, South Victoria 3030, Australia
Hours: Sun–Fri: 9am–5pm, Sat: 9am–8:30pm
Admission: Adult: $36, Child: $18 (4-15 yrs), free on weekends and holidays
Admission Tickets (5)
2 Tours and Activities to Experience Werribee Open Range Zoo
Spot Aussie icons like kangaroos, koalas and emu, as well as exotic beasts like lions, gorillas and meerkats on a thrilling family day trip to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Hop on an open-window bus for a 40-minute safari tour and get up close to giraffes, rhinos, zebras, camels and more. Then, explore the rest of the park on foot, and walk the boardwalk above the hippo pool, enjoy zookeeper talks and presentations, or make the most of the kid’s play areas.
Sunset is a very special time to watch the wildlife roaming free at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. On this special after-hours tour you can watch animals such as giraffes, rhinoceros, and zebras engaging in their evening routines. You’ll also be treated to a North African-inspired meal, and experience live music and dance performances. This is a fun night out with a difference, ideal for families or a memorable date.
Taking safety measures
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See the magnificent wildlife of the Werribee Open Range Zoo during a 75-minute off-road safari by 4-wheel drive vehicle. Your guide heads off road where you become immersed in the savanna and its amazing animals including giraffes, rhinos, and zebras. Includes admission to the zoo and the option to explore the zoo further at your leisure.
Immerse yourself in the world of servals, a type of African cat, with this ticket to the Werribee Open Range Zoo. This day pass gives you access to behind-the-scenes encounters with the cats and their keepers. Learn about the servals' biology, behavior, and threats to their habitat through displays and zookeeper commentary. Purchasing tickets ahead of time guarantees against sold-out days at this popular Melbourne attraction.
Go from the city streets of Melbourne to the African plains during a safari slumber experience at Werribee Open Range Zoo. This overnight experience provides luxury accommodation in a canvas tent that overlooks zoo’s African Savannah, and includes an evening night safari and gourmet meals.
Discover the city of Melbourne with ease and visit key attractions and landmarks for free with the 2-day Melbourne City Card. This card is the ultimate all-in-one deal that includes entry to the Melbourne Zoo, Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star, and many more as well as a Yarra River cruise, 3-day hop-on hop-off bus tour, and Carlton brewery tour. Plus enjoy savings at select bars, restaurants, and other activities.
The Australian city of Melbourne is chock full of activities and attractions to check out. This 3-day Melbourne City Card takes the guesswork out of navigating public transport with an included 72-hour hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour and includes free admission to a number of attractions including the Eureka Skydeck, Melbourne Star, and Yarra River cruise. Plus, get exclusive deals on food and drink all throughout the city.
Taking safety measures
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are Werribee Open Range Zoo hours of operation?
Werribee Open Range Zoo hours of operation: Sun–Fri: 9am–5pm, Sat: 9am–8:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Should I book Werribee Open Range Zoo tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Werribee Open Range Zoo can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 2 Werribee Open Range Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
How much does it cost to visit Werribee Open Range Zoo 2021?
Currently, an entrance ticket to Werribee Open Range Zoo costs USD 30.75. Guided Werribee Open Range Zoo tours start around USD 30.75 per person. See all 2 Werribee Open Range Zoo tickets and tours on Viator.
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