We take a look at the places around Wyndham that are a little less known.
The city of Wyndham is one of the fastest growing regions in Greater Melbourne, and it is easy to see why. With major draw cards such as the Werribee Mansion and the Werribee Zoo, there is no lack of things for locals and visitors to do. This week, however, we have decided to focus on the gems that are a little less known. This itinerary will have you frolicking around in any weather — you will see things fly, see things grow and see the kids enjoy a fun-filled day.
Fill up on a big brekkie at home and get ready to hit the road; this is going to be an unforgettable family adventure. The first stop is quite unexpected. Hidden in the Saltwater Coast Estate is Crocodile Park [261 Saltwater Promenade, Point Cook] — an open space that can be enjoyed by residents or anyone wanting to explore. This place really is a kid’s paradise so take a seat and watch your children enjoy the array of play equipment on offer. They can play on the soft sand, jump across stepping stones, climb the monkey bars, walk across rope bridges and, most importantly, splash around in the clean water… So if the sun is out, don’t forget your togs! We should probably mention that there are no live crocs in this park, just a few fun statues with fountains that spray water playfully at unsuspecting victims.
Stay and play for a while but don’t forget to take a walk around the area and check out the lakes which surround the Crocodile Park. Stop at the viewing platforms and try to spot some little critters in the water, then take a seat and enjoy the wonderful view of the small lakes. Once you and the kids are all splashed out, jump in the car and head off to the RAAF Museum.
Just two minutes down the road you’ll find the famed RAAF Museum [Point Cook Road, Point Cook]. Amazingly, this little airbase in Greater Melbourne is the world’s oldest military air base that is still in operation. Today you can jet set across the country in a matter of hours and at reasonable rates, however, 100 years ago it was a completely different – and much riskier – story. In 1910 Harry Houdini, the famous magician and aviator, completed the first flight in Australian history at Diggers Rest. From this point on Melburnians became fascinated with flying and the area became a hotbed for flying innovation. Many of the first flights took off from Point Cook’s RAAF base. Learn all about the base, its rich history and the planes that lie inside it when you visit.
The museum is home to Australia’s largest collection of Royal Australian Airforce aircraft. Flying demonstrations operate regularly if the weather permits, so you can check them out each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 1pm (except between mid-December to mid-January). Did we mention that entry to the RAAF museum is completely FREE?
By now you’re probably hungry, and we have the perfect place for you to have something to eat! Head on down to Wyndham Harbour for a bit of lunch before a run around at the Rose Gardens.
Image source: Wyndham City Council
Many people have come to find Chatterbox Cafe [63 Watton Street, Werribee] as become their local hangout, and with mouth water coffee, contemporary food and great service, it’s not hard to see why. The menu is made of all fresh ingredients and redesigned every six months, so even those who have been coming here for the past 10 years see a fresh and inventive menu throughout the year.
The cafe is large and child-friendly, plus there is definitely something for everyone on this menu. Brekkie is served all day just in case you want seconds, and the lunch menu is varied and impressive. We recommend you go for the classic chicken parma which is a bargain at $17. Why not splash out and get some seasoned wedges too — you won’t regret it!
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After a big lunch, head around the corner to the beautiful Victoria State Rose Garden [Gate 2, K Road, Werribee South]. Take a seat on the grass and admire your surroundings. You would be hard pressed to find a more beautiful garden in Greater Melbourne. Take the kids for a walk around the five-hectare space and view some of the amazing roses on display (all 5000 of them)! Once you have taken in all that the Rose Garden has to offer, drive on over to Truck Stop Deluxe for an afternoon treat.
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Truck Stop Deluxe [98 Watton Street, Werribee] is the perfect place to cap of a day with the kids. This restaurant is different, not only because of the amazing food and drink on offer but also because there is a giant truck in the middle of the indoor space that the kids will love. They can walk around the space and touch and feel the real life truck while sipping on one of the restaurants famed milk shakes.
If you’re hungry, we recommend the Colonel burger which is made up of Buttermilk fried chicken, American cheese, lettuce and aioli on a brioche bun. Even if this isn’t your normal cup of tea, trust us, it’s worth giving a try, and the perfect way to finish your day out with the family in Wyndham!
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