The gardens at Werribee Mansion

Perfect pit stop – A day in Werribee

Alright, let’s talk about one of the most underrated stops on your way from Melbourne to Geelong: Werribee. Yep, you heard it right. Werribee isn’t just a sign you pass on the freeway; it’s a delightful destination all on its own.

So, if you’re cruising down the road and fancy a little adventure, why not take a detour and explore what Werribee has to offer? Trust me, you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

Waking Up at Holiday Inn Werribee

First things first, if you’re planning to stay overnight, the Holiday Inn Werribee is a fantastic place to lay your head. Modern, comfy, and oh-so-convenient, it’s the perfect base for your Werribee escapade. After a hearty breakfast (seriously, their spread is top-notch), you’ll be ready to hit the road and see what Werribee has in store.

Werribee Open Range Zoo: A Safari in Our Own Backyard

What’s your first stop? It must be the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Now, if you think zoos are just for kids, think again. This place is an absolute treasure. You can get on an actual safari bus! Driving through an open range where zebras, rhinos, and giraffes roam freely. It’s like a little slice of Africa right here in Victoria. The excitement of spotting these magnificent creatures up close is something else.

Exciting news awaits! The dedicated team has been hard at work on a massive expansion project to welcome the newest and largest residents yet: Asian Elephants. These majestic creatures will be making their way from Melbourne Zoo later this year, and visitors will have the opportunity to see them settled into their new home in early 2025.

Werribee Park and Mansion 

Next up, it’s time to slow things down a bit with a visit to the Werribee Mansion and the Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park. This place is like stepping back in time. The grand architecture and stunning gardens make it feel like you’ve wandered into a scene from Bridgerton. You can spend a good few hours wandering through the rooms of Werribee Mansion, each one telling its own story of the Chirnside family who built this magnificent home. The gardens are perfect for a leisurely stroll, and the rose garden? Absolutely beautiful.

Mansion Hotel & Spa at Werribee Park

If you’re looking to indulge, the Mansion Hotel & Spa is a place of luxury. Situated right next to the mansion, the hotel offers a serene escape with its elegant rooms and top-notch amenities. Treat yourself to a relaxing spa session with a dip in the pool, which is the perfect way to unwind after a day of exploring. The combination of historic charm and modern luxury makes this spot a must-visit.

Wyndham Harbour: Maritime Charm

Feeling refreshed, it’s time to make your way to Wyndham Harbour. This hidden gem is the perfect spot to soak up some coastal vibes. With a stylish marina, beautiful waterfront views, and a laid-back atmosphere, it’s a great place to relax. Take a stroll along the boardwalk and enjoy the boats in the bay. Make sure you check out their social pages for events held on the Harbour, they have all sorts of fun activities planned.

Lunch with a View

All that exploring can work up quite an appetite, with plenty of options around, you’re spoilt for choice. There are many eateries that offer a view of the Werribee River – the perfect backdrop for a relaxed lunch. Fresh, local produce, a chilled atmosphere, and a cold drink in hand – what more could you want?

Shadowfax Winery: A Sip of Perfection

No trip to Werribee is complete without a visit to Shadowfax Winery. In the picturesque surroundings of the Werribee Park Precinct, this winery is one for wine lovers. Join in on a tasting session, sampling some of their finest drops. The Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are a particular standout. The winery’s rustic charm, combined with the friendly and knowledgeable staff, made the experience truly enjoyable. Plus, their seasonal menu is perfect for a late afternoon snack or a full-blown meal, with dishes designed to complement their wines.

Wrapping Up the Day

As the day starts to wind down, find yourself back at the Holiday Inn to reflect on the day’s adventures. Werribee will surprise you in the best possible way. It’s the perfect mix of nature, history, coastal charm, and modern comfort. Whether you’re on your way to Geelong or just fancy a day out, give Werribee a go. You might just find it becomes a favourite pit stop.


Happy travels!

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