Take off over the West Gate Bridge and enter a picture-postcard nineteenth century world where smelling the roses is non-negotiable, or change direction completely with a wildlife safari or ramble through the wilderness.
Fine flowers and fancy parlours
Leap into the living, breathing postcard of nineteenth century Australia that is Werribee Park Mansion. Built in the late 1870s the colonial homestead is Victoria's largest private residence, but it's the gardens that'll cause your jaw to drop.
Admire the traditional roses (stunning in full bloom from November through to April) alongside contemporary sculpture on the Werribee Park Sculpture Walk.
Out on the range
Come face-to-face with giraffes, zebras, wallabies and emus on safari at Werribee Open Range Zoo or check out the huge collection of military aircraft at RAAF Museum in Point Cook. Spend a day on the trail at You Yangs Regional Park and discover Aboriginal rock wells on Big Rock.
How to get there
The Werribee Park precinct is 31 kilometres south-west of Melbourne; approximately 30 minutes from Melbourne via the Princes Highway.