Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo
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Kids are free on weekends, VIC public holidays & VIC school holidays

The Werribee Open Range Zoo is a must visit location on your next trip to Melbourne. This beautiful zoo is located next to the Werribee Park Mansion and is bordered by the Werribee River.

Within this open range zoo, you will find a range of animals from all parts of the world. You’ll see native species of Australian animals and birds as well as a large number of animals from the African savannah.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Ticket Prices, Address, Map & Opening Hours

Experience a safari like never before. Take the 40 minute wildlife bus safari around the zoo and learn more about the wild animals and birds. Your tour guide will teach you more about the native and exotic animals residing within the zoo. The safari is suitable for all ages and caters for people with disabilities. The safari tour is included in your admission price.

Whilst on safari, you will see a variety of African Savannah animals; including giraffe, zebras, rhinos and ostriches. These animals share a common habitat of the sweeping flood plains of the river. The zoo is also home to a hippo-exhibit for visitors to drive through and enjoy. Come and see lions in the facinating Lion Encounter where you can see lions up close and check out the new gorilla enclosure which houses large male silverback gorillas.

Explore the Australian exhibit that features native species of animals and birds. See Australian gray kangaroos, wallabies, emus and so much more.

A number or exhibits at this zoo are also interactive. Young visitors are welcome to participate in the interactive zoo talks with a guide and learn more about the many intriguing animal species which call this zoo home.

Don’t miss the chance to take the Pula Reserve Walking Trail, where it will take you on a walk to encounter amazing animals; including lions, gorillas, monkeys, hippos and cheetahs.

You can purchase your Werribee Open Range Zoo tickets online by clicking our link below.

Werribee Open Range Zoo Information

K Road,
Werribee South VIC
 Operating Hours:
9am - 5pm.
Last entry at 3.30pm
Phone: (03) 9731 9600
Email: [email protected]
  Ticket Prices/Admission:
Kids are free Victorian school holidays
Adult: $32.40
Concession: $24.90
Senior: $28.40
Child (0-3yrs): Free
Child (4–15yrs) Sat, Sun, public/school hols: Free
Child (4–15yrs) Mon - Fri outside holidays: $16.20

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8 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Hi Megan,

      Unfortunately none of the Zoos in Victoria host African Elephants. Apparently Toronga Zoo in Sydney has one African elephant, there don’t seem to be many in Australia.


    • Hi Michelle,

      There is free entry for carers accompanying a person with a disability who is a holder of a Child Disability Allowance Health Care Card, a Disability Pension Card or a Companion Card. There is also a 10% discount for holder of a Carer Card NOT accompanying a person with a disability.

      The difference between concession and seniors is as follows:
      Seniors is for people over 60 years of age who have a Seniors Card.
      Concession is for people with an Australian Pensioner Concession Card, full-time student card, Healthcare Card, Disability Concession Card, or DVA Gold Card.

      Hope this clarifies things for you!

  • When is The best month to visit? Are all the animal’s out in the colder months or is better to visit in the summer?

    • Hi Scott,

      The animals are out all year round, but as it is an open range zoo, they will do what animals want to do! So if its a particularly hot day, you might find them in the shade or wallowing in a mud bath. If its cold and rainy, they might seek shelter under a tree.

      Keep in mind that most are African animals, so the sunshine is their friend. I would go in Spring or Summer as a cold rainy Melbourne day isn’t much fun to be outside in.

      If you have kids, just note that weekends and school holidays are FREE for them and you only have to pay for adult tickets. Great value!

      Have a great day at the Werribee Open Range Zoo!