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Werribee Open Range Zoo

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Address: K Road, Werribee, Victoria 3030, Australia
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+61 3 9731 9600
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Experience an African adventure just 30 minutes from Melbourne. You'll find...

Experience an African adventure just 30 minutes from Melbourne. You'll find an amazing array of animals living on 225 hectares of wide, open savannah. On the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, come face-to-face with amazing gorillas, a pride of lions, see monkeys and cheetahs at play and feel the sand between your toes at the new Hippo Beach! Included in your admission price is a 40 minute safari tour where you will find rhinoceros, giraffes, zebras and antelopes grazing together on the picturesque savannah.

Don't miss: Wild Encounters: Feed a giraffe, stroke a serval, see amazing animals on the savannah from an open vehicle and, in the new Gorilla Behind the Scenes encounter, get up close and personal with three gorilla bachelors!

Slumber Safari: Stay overnight in our luxury safari tents overlooking the savannah. Your stay includes amazing close-up animal encounters, drinks and dips at sunset, and a sumptuous African feast.

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$25.13*
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Werribee Open Range Zoo General Admission
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Terrific setup

The layout is very good with well laid paths etc, good viewing access to all the exhibits. Clever use of old buses trucks and landrover for displays and viewing platforms. We went... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Moreen S
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Geraldton, Australia
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City of Greater Geelong, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Zoo is fantastic with lots to do with children. Great playground and the safari tour is worth it. We are zoo members and visit regularly so have been disappointed in the reduction in gluten free food as this was a good visit for people with coeliac. Otherwise an excellent place to visit would recommend

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Geraldton, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The layout is very good with well laid paths etc, good viewing access to all the exhibits. Clever use of old buses trucks and landrover for displays and viewing platforms. We went in time to see the four lion cubs and were well rewarded with great photos as they (and mum and dad) were all fairly close. Recommend taking the... More 

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Thank Moreen S
Port Macquarie
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great open plan zoo, fantastic bus ride out in the paddocks to see the animals in their natural surrounds. Not as close range as in a regular zoo but animals seem happy. All included in the entry fee.

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Thank Sally-1309
Melbourne, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I have been here 3 or 4 times. I love the bus ride that goes for about 20 to 30 minutes. The guide talks through all the different animals you pass, and then over the mountain top, and down a steep slope, from where I could see all the animals grazing. A spectacular view, very delightful. However, the rest of... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

If you love zoos this place is awesome! It's a bit of a mission to get to but well worth the effort. Our family loved the experience and especially the safari ride out to see the animals in the open.

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Thank Dawn_SCA
Sioux Falls
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Hippo play trail is where my kids had more fun. bandicoot hideout, chrinside woolshed, lions lookout area make a 3km return trail walk is enough to have fun with family

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

i've taken the kids here a few times and whilst it's a good day out, unfortunately, you're never sure what animals you'll get to see (which is not great for when the kids are dying to see the lions)

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Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Werribee Open Range Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Vampy R, Thank you for visiting Werribee Open Range Zoo and for taking the time to leave us feedback. It's great to hear that you and your family enjoyed their experience! That's interesting to hear about the lions, as we recently introduced our three lion cubs on public display every day from 9:30am-12pm. We hope that when you next... More 

Cairns, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The closest thing to Africa in Australia. Well set out, just follow the signs. Informative talks at various sights like the Gorilla enclosure. The Safari trip in the bus which is included in the ticket price got up so close to some of the animals. The tour guide was great and made a point of appealing to children with the... More 

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Zoos-Victoria, Business Development at Werribee Open Range Zoo, responded to this review

Hi Leo1904, Thanks for taking the time to leave such a lovely review! We’re delighted you enjoyed your time at Werribee Open Range Zoo, and hope to see you back again soon. Every visit helps us to fight wildlife extinction. Cheers, the Zoos Victoria team. More 

Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I don't really like the idea of animals being caged up (even in an 'open' cage) but I must admit I did enjoy my visit to Werribee Open Range Zoo. It is extremely well set out and easy for all to see, especially the kids! It's very well organised and the place is clean and tidy. There's a great bus... More 

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Thank Charles W
Greater Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great breeding programs. Native environment maintained. Knowledgeable staff on hand for questions or advice. Lots of children activities. Take the free bus ride around the park. Watch the animals being fed. Highly recommend for everyone

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