Have you ever considered spending the weekend in wonderful Werribee? With so much to see and do in one location, you won’t be disappointed.
Begin the weekend getting up close and personal with the wild animals at Werribee Open Range Zoo [K Road, Werribee South]. The zoo has plenty to offer so allow yourself the time to explore. The safari shuttle is an absolute must do. You’ll be transported to the African savannah without the plane ticket. Travel across the open plains and come within metres of giraffes, rhinos and zebras. At the end of your safari, explore the zoo at your own leisure. You'll see gorillas, hippos and meerkats but don’t miss your chance to see the king of the jungle!
Spend the afternoon enjoying a slightly more relaxed pace by meandering through the Werribee Park Heritage Orchard [K Road, Werribee]. The orchard dates back to the 1870s where it was renowned for fruity favourites such as apples, peaches, pears and more. Recently, a local community group formed to restore this historic treasure and bring it back to life for all to enjoy.
Continue the history lesson by exploring the inside of the Werribee Park Mansion [306 K Road, Werribee]. This heritage attraction offers an insight to the Victorian era with items on display belonging to the Chirnside family who built the mansion in the 1850s and lived in it until it was sold. If you opt for the audio tour, you’ll hear tales of the family’s past along with interesting pieces of history. General admission to the mansion will set you back around $11 with an additional $7 (approx) to take part in the audio tour. Once you’re done, stop in at the cafe for a coffee and a bite to eat.
It's time to rejuvenate the mind, body and soul at The Spa at the Mansion Hotel [Gate 2, K Road, Werribee] because there is no better way to end the day than in a state of bliss. The treatments here are something special. The relaxation massage, as the name suggests, will take you on a journey of total relaxation for 60 minutes, de-stressing the mind and body — absolute heaven. Or go for an hour-long seasonal botanical facial and add the nourishing hair elixir to have you looking as good as you feel. After your pampering session, extend the serenity by visiting the relaxation lounge. Bookings are essential at this exclusive day spa.
Post-treatment, you won’t have to go far to check into a night of luxury at the Werribee Mansion Hotel. If you're feeling extra fancy, dine out at the delectable Joseph's Restaurant and Bar, the mansion’s onsite restaurant, where fresh seasonal produce and quality wine is in abundance. You won’t be disappointed with the food plated up here, with all dishes looking almost too good to eat — emphasis on almost. Why not try the smoked and roasted spring chicken with chestnuts, calovo nero and lardons? Then really indulge and order the sticky date tart with hazelnut ice cream, dates and butterscotch for dessert. After your feast, make the most of your stay by enjoying the comforts of your lavish room.
It’s time to rise and shine after a glorious night’s sleep — there’s plenty of fun to come. Begin the day by making your way down to the Werribee Park Sculpture Walk, located behind the mansion. Here you’ll find 30 magnificent sculptures to feast your eyes on. There’s a large picture frame piece that perfectly borders a stunning view. When you see it, take a moment to look through and across to the Werribee Open Range Zoo and see if you can spot any of the animals.
Continue to explore the great outdoors with a leisurely stroll down to the Werribee River. The river completes a 110-kilometre journey, but don’t worry, you’ll be able to appreciate its beauty with a short walk to take in the sights. This riverside wander offers views of the water, K Road Cliffs and surrounding landscapes. Don’t forget to keep an eye out for the wild life that inhabit this area.
Did someone say wine time? If you’re up for a glass or two, visit Shadow Fax Winery [K Road, Werribee] for lunch. All wines are handcrafted by winemaker Alister Timms and are harvested in Werribee as well as other regional locations. This architecturally designed establishment is as aesthetically pleasing as it is appetizing. The contemporary building was designed to create harmony between the winery and its natural surroundings. The cellar door is open daily and over the weekend, guests are treated to live music while they enjoy a wine and a nibble. You can’t go wrong pairing a Shadowfax wine with one of its delicious woodfired pizzas.
Finish your weekend by stopping and smelling the roses — literally. The Victoria State Rose Garden [Gate 2, K Road, Werribee] has more than 5,000 roses within its boundaries and the garden itself is shaped like a giant flower from above, with separate pods of roses making up the petals. At any given time of the year the garden is a lovely place to visit, especially during spring when the roses are in full bloom and thriving.
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