Discover more about Melbourne and Victoria's colonial story and aviation history in Werribee, just over the West Gate Bridge from Melbourne's centre.
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Leap into the living, breathing postcard of nineteenth century Australia that is Werribee Mansion. Built in the late 1870s by the wealthy Chirnside family, the colonial homestead is Victoria's largest private residence.
Adjacent to Werribee Mansion in Werribee Park is the Victoria State Rose Garden, featuring more than 5000 roses from all around the world. Stop and smell the roses (stunning in full bloom from November through to April) and then admire the contemporary sculpture on the Werribee Park Sculpture Walk.
For more on the Chirnsides and their contribution to Victoria, visit Point Cook Homestead, the family's temporary residence during Werribee Mansion construction. Discover bluestone walls, graceful Norfolk Island pine trees and spectacular city views.
Take flight in a Tiger Moth or check out the huge collection of military aircraft at Point Cook RAAF Museum, birthplace of the Australian Flying Corps and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Get more aviation history nearby by keeping track of the restoration progress of the B24 Liberator long-range heavy bomber.