Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo: Hours, Address, Werribee Open Range Zoo Reviews: 4.5/5

Werribee Open Range Zoo
4.5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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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Kylie G
Melbourne, Australia5 contributions
Not worth it, over priced
Nov. 2021 • Family
Extremely over priced and minimal animals to see, no educational information at any of the enclosures,
Nothing virtual for kids to interact with, missing basic animals to view, not even a reptile enclosure.
NO ZEBRAS, NO GIRAFFES, NO ELEPHANTS, NO TIGERS NO RHINOS Unless you pay an extra $50 for the safari tour.
It makes it very difficult when they have zebras and giraffes plastered everywhere to explain to the kids that they will not be seeing these animals.
We saw a sad looking gorilla in a shambolic looking hut, a cheetah lying in the shade of a far distant solitary tree, and one lone African Wild dog.
The only thing worth half a mention were some hippos that which were actually close enough to get a decent look.
Not worth the price of a $50 and the 3 hour round trip. Disappointing to say the least with some very grumpy kids that didn’t get to see what they were expecting.
Written 27 November 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

855gautamk
Canberra, Australia21 contributions
Best experience and best staff
Jul. 2021
I proposed to my partner during my time at the Slumber Safari. I have a few things I would like to say. Firstly, I cannot thank Ellie and the head Chef enough. Ellie showed so much enthusiasm to make sure that everything I requested was noted and implemented. They went above and beyond with decorating our room before my partner and I walked in aftr going on the Safari. Ellie and the head chef exceeded my expectations around what I requested. It was better than what I could have ever asked for. They made my proposal so magical!. Secondly, a big thank you to Tom too, for informing a lot of the staff on the Safari who I felt worked hard to make the day memorable. This was one of the best days of my life and I could not have made it possible without the help of the Werribee zoo Slumber safari staff.
Written 12 July 2021
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Ashleigh Vienna
9 contributions
A Fantastic Getaway on the Slumber Safari
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We recently stayed at the Werribee Zoo on a Slumber Safari and it was amazing!
The tented/ cabin accomodation was great, the food was absolutely delicious and our tour guide for our overnight stay with Matt was fantastic. Matt was very knowledgable & informative as he took us on our tours and encounters, and he went above and beyond to ensure we enjoyed our stay. Will be back again and would definitely recommend!
Written 12 July 2021
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Ben D
1 contribution
Ok
Jun. 2021 • Family
You cancelled my deluxe safari ride without giving me an explanation. You need to be more streamlined with the zoo website. Very disappointing as travelled a long way to miss out
Written 30 June 2021
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Gail
2 contributions
Werribee Zoo
May 2021
Fabulous experience we had a wonderful sunny day and all the animals were out and about and we would highly recommend this experience
Written 13 May 2021
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Kate G
1 contribution
Amazing experience!
Apr. 2021
What an amazing experience!!! We visited with 7 of our family members, including my daughter who is 2. The whole weekend catered for everyone, all of us enjoyed all the activities and exclusive encounters. The food was delicious, lodges were incredibly comfortable and warm, and the guides were exceptional. We will be recommending this to all our family and friends!
Written 18 April 2021
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Coffeelover
Melbourne, Australia19 contributions
Best experience ever
100% recommend this experience! It was so much fun. Such an amazing zoo in general with so much space! Staff were so friendly and so helpful. Animals were well looked after, food was amazing, rooms were warm and very comfortable and great to finish of the night around the fire roasting marshmallows! I’ll forever remember this fantastic trip !
Written 17 April 2021
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Daniel A
1 contribution
Third World standards in Pricey Zoo
Apr. 2021 • Friends
Kiosk at Hippo Park is poorly staffed or severe undertrained, food option is very limited. And if after Beverage they will hand you a Non Recylapble Plastic cup, which not only is useless for children its lid falls of too easy, don't accept these cups!! Ask for PET bottled drinks.
Written 14 April 2021
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Desley R
Melbourne, Australia22 contributions
Overwhelmed by visitors
Apr. 2021 • Family
I visited today with my husband and 2 daughters. The queue to get in was not too long and we went directly to the safari bus station. Despite being advised that buses left every 20 minutes, we waited in a queue to board the bus for over an hour. There was no explanation for the lack of buses coming in. The tour was enjoyable and the driver informative, although a little muffled. Although the website advises that bookings for the bus are not available, that is clearly not true. Large groups of children entered the buses without bothering to queue. Following our bus tour we hurried to the site of the advertised hippo keeper talk which was scheduled for 1.10pm. No keeper came to give a talk. There was no notification or information provided to explain this cancellation. The directional signage is whimsical and cute. However, it is not abundant or helpful. There is no signage in the carparks which point to any exit. People were driving up and down the rows looking for the way out. Despite these failures of planning and execution, we enjoyed our day. The staff are friendly and try to be helpful.

Written 8 April 2021
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Aussie_2012
Melbourne, Australia534 contributions
A little bit of Africa in Melbourne
Apr. 2021 • Family
This place is something that has always been a bucket list place to go and finally we got there. Get there for opening as this place gets very busy particularly with lots of children. I suggest to get the free Safari bus first thing then do it again straight away but this time sit on the opposite side. If you catch the bus in the afternoon they don’t stop as often and it is also very noisy with excited children so you can’t hear the tour guide.
You can do close up encounters and longer bus tours however they cost more so it can be quite an expensive day. There are plenty of food options so you don’t necessarily have to eat at the big eatery near the entrance. There are other options scattered throughout the zoo such as the Hippo Beach Cafe which is smaller but plenty of food options.
Remember these are wild animals so you’re not always going to see the animals up close however the enclosures are very good so you will get to have some great closeups now and then.
The Australian section isn’t no where as fantastic as places like Healesville sanctuary or Maru Koala park but remember this is mainly about African animals so the focus isn’t as much on Animals like kangaroos and koalas.
The traveling Dinosaur exhibit which finishes at the end of April 2021 was fantastic albeit not real. The life sized animatronic dinosaurs were quite impressive.
Overall a great place and well done. Just note that this isn’t a peaceful day out.
Written 4 April 2021
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