Want to be wowed by world-class attractions, bayside views and stunning walking trails. You can discover all of this and far more in the City of Wyndham.
One of the most popular areas in the City of Wyndham, especially for visitors who’ve never had the chance to explore it, takes in Werribee and neighbouring Werribee South. The major attraction here is Werribee Park, a historic property surrounded by manicured lawns, a heritage orchard, wild bushland and the Victoria State Rose Garden, a symphony of colour and perfume when it’s in full bloom during spring and summer.
Nearby you’ll find places to explore at different ends of the visiting spectrum. The first is Werribee Open Range Zoo. Join a safari through open grasslands where zebras, giraffes, rhinos and other endangered species roam. The kids will want to spend all day watching the animals, but drag them away so you can drop into Shadowfax Winery. Order them a snack in the architecturally designed cellar door while you taste some of the excellent single-vineyard wines. If you want to indulge, you can do that, too — just book into the luxurious Mansion Hotel & Spa and stay the night.
Ask most Melburnians about beautiful beaches and they’ll point you towards the suburbs to the southeast of the CBD. If you want to avoid the crowds, however, you’ll travel in the opposite direction. Not only does Point Cook have some nearly deserted beaches complete with rock pools, but there’s also a marine reserve off the shore for those who want to explore the underwater world with a snorkel. Wander even further and you’ll find the Cheetham Wetlands, an important habitat for migrating birds. There’s even a lookout from where you can quietly observe them.
A far more famous landmark in the area is the RAAF Base Williams. Point Cook was where Australia’s air defence force was founded, and there’s now the RAAF Museum — on the operational base — where you can find out the history of the organisation. Want to feel the wind in your hair and pretend you’re in a dog fight with the Red Baron? Head to Vintage Tiger Moth Joy Flights and climb aboard. But don’t worry — there are joy flights, too, if you don’t fancy doing loops and flying upside down. More aviation history can be found in a hangar at Werribee, where the southern hemisphere’s only remaining B-24 Liberator bomber is being restored.
While there are still vast swathes of bushland and parks throughout the City of Wyndham, it’s also an area of growth and with that comes a fresh batch of just-opened places to visit. Take a stroll down Watton Street in Werribee, where you’ll find independent boutiques and hip cafes catering to new residents. It’s a similar story over at Hopper’s Crossing where places like Morris + Heath and donut shop Daniel’s Bakery are making waves on social media.
Development on a much larger scale can be seen at Werribee South, where a huge new marina development, complete with designer residences and retail, has been launched. Called Wyndham Harbour, it proves that the west is definitely winning.