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Werribee Park (Werribee)

Werribee Park is an outstanding historic and cultural attraction offering an authentic insight into Australia 's richly diverse history. Located just 30 minutes from central Melbourne , the property features a superbly restored 1870s mansion, ten hectates of exquisite formal gardens, the internationally acclaimed Victoria State Rose Garden, contemporary sculpture walk, tranquil riverine, original farmyard and specialised tours.

Activities include:

The Mansion
Rediscover a bygone era with a journey through a beautifully restored 1870s Italianate-style mansion. Listen to the chatter of the Chirnside family with an intriguing audio tour individually themed to each room. Enter the separate laundry and visit May, an enthusiastic laundry maid with a tragic story to tell.

Seminary Years Exhibition
Explore an exhibition within the mansion dedicated to the seminary years of Werribee Park. The exhibition encompasses an impressive collection of photographs and information that documents the use and expansion of the property during the Catholic Church's 50-year residency. A typical day in the life of the student priests is highlighted, complete with a replica of their sparse rooms in Josephs Wing (now converted into the deluxe accommodation of Sofitel Mansion & Spa).

Tower Tour
Enjoy a personalised tour of the mansion tower with an informative guide. Hear further details about Werribee Park and the surrounding district with a spectacular view.

Formal Gardens
Escape the hustle and bustle within ten hectares of exquisite formal gardens featuring a colourful parterre display, ornamental lake and grotto, expansive lawns, heritage-listed trees and historical glasshouses. Pack a picnic and wile away the afternoon with family and friends.

Sculpture Walk
Journey into the world of contemporary sculpture with a stroll through this extraordinary outdoor exhibition. Featuring an interesting collection of works by Australia's leading sculptors, the walk meanders through a unique selection of natural landscape and encompasses various sections of the property.

Absorb the soothing surrounds of Werribee River in the stunning riverine. Take a few moments to appreciate a mix of treasures within; ranging from ancient to contemporary, natural to man-made.

Contemplate life from the worker's perspective in the original farmyard. Rustic bluestone outbuildings, once abuzz with workers and activity, provide a stark contrast to the elaborate craftsmanship of the mansion.

Audio Tour
Delve further into the history and stories of Werribee Park with an engaging audio tour. Hire an audio wand and listen to an interesting series of conversations and information in a range of areas, including the mansion, formal gardens, sculpture walk and farm.

Victoria State Rose Garden
Delight in the irresistible colour and fragrance of over 5,000 roses displayed to perfection within four uniquely shaped designs. The feature display is set in the shape of a Tudor Rose containing thousands of modern roses. Two themed displays complete the rose design; a Federation Leaf dedicated to Australian roses and the David Austin Bud showcasing roses of 46 cultivars. The Rose Garden is separated from the mansion's formal gardens by a Heritage Border featuring unusual and historic roses from around the world. In bloom from October to May, the roses are at their most magnificent from November to April.

The Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award
As Australia's richest annual prize for sculptors in Australia, the annual Helen Lempriere National Sculpture Award fosters and promotes contemporary Australian sculpture. Throughout Autumn every year, sculptures of the selected finalists are exhibited throughout the formal gardens of Werribee Park, forming a spectacular setting to appreciate the wide variety of work

What Was That? - Evening Mansion Performances
Enjoy an entertaining play based on the true story of the Chirnside family. Set in 1908 just weeks after the tragic death of Mary Chirnside, Maggie the maid and Mr Duncan the butler host a special journey through their elaborate yet peculiar workplace. The play unfolds as visitors are guided through different areas of the mansion. What Was That? is a fun filled experience with a spooky twist, you never know who or what will be around the corner in the house of many stories. Enjoy a glass of wine with the actors in the elegant upstairs saloon at the conclusion of the show. For enquires and bookings phone Essence Food Studio on (03) 9742 3068

  • Audio visual displays
  • Self-guided touring leaflets
  • Café & Giftshop
  • Picnic tables & chairs throughout formal gardens
  • BBQs and shelter alongside Victoria State Rose Garden
  • Car & coach parking
  • Walking paths
  • Viewing Platform
  • Access and facilites for disabled visitors

Looking After the Park
To maintain Werribee Park to its optimum please leave pets at home.

How to Get There
Werribee Park is located just 30 minutes drive from Melbourne , via the Princes Highway on route to Geelong.

Werribee Park Shuttle
The Werribee Park Shuttle Service operates daily return trips from central Melbourne to Werribee Park , Werribee Open Range Zoo, RAAF Museum and Point Cook Homestead. For further information and bookings phone (03) 9748 5094 or see Werribee Park Shuttle.

Note: The Werribee Open Range Zoo is situated next door.

Opening Hours:

Opening Hours


Admission to Mansion
Entry to Werribee Park Gardens and Victoria State Rose Garden is free


Werribee Park has a nice range of free activities for the family and it is not even necessary to pay for a visit inside the mansion in order to have a nice day here. The outdoor sculpture walk is extensive and fun and the old farm has interesting historical elements. There are toilets and a water tap in the farm area.


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Address | Contact

K Road,  Werribee South 3030, Victoria, Australia. View Map Map opens in new browser window
Telephone: 13 1963
Map: 201 Ref: D1

Web Links

Link Werribee Park (Parks Victoria)

Link Werribee Park - Visitor Guide (PDF)

  Reader Feedback  

Maribel Steel      Posted:    8:19 AM April 23, 2012

An amazing walk back in time, we were entranced with the beauty of the restoration of the mansion, the lush decorations of a time gone by. We also became transported to a perfumed world of rose after rose after rose - thousands of them! Well worth a visit or three...thank you to those who have spent such care and dedication in restoring our history and allowing such freedom to roam to our hearts content. Maribel Steel.

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