What makes it special
Covering 223 hectares on the west bank, Werribee River Regional Park lies adjacent to the formal grounds of the former Chirnside mansion and Werribee Open Range Zoo. The Werribee Park Heritage Farm and Orchards can also be accessed via a footbridge and walking trail.
The park offers broad views from the escarpments, as well as seldom-seen parts of the river, including a recently built fishway. This estuary region was a rich source of food for the Wadawurrung people and their Bunurong neighbours, from edible plants to freshwater shellfish and crustaceans, as well as kangaroo.
The area became part of the Parks Victoria estate in 2006, prompting restoration of its pre-colonial vegetation, including plantings appropriate for floodplain and grassland ecosystems. Since 2015, Werribee River Association has conducted regular plantings of indigenous species. This includes the tree line on the upper escarpment, the floodplains, and the riparian strip from the picnic area to the ford.
Things you can do
- Come for a ‘sound bath’ in the woodland area, especially in the morning when the birds are becoming active.
- Bring your ‘good’ camera and binoculars for sightings. Birds you may see in this area include: White-bellied Sea Eagle, Eastern Osprey, Straw-necked Ibis, Red-browed Finch, Silvereye, Kookaburra, White-faced Heron, and Little Pied Cormorant.
- Pack a light lunch and stop at the picnic area for extended downtime.
Getting there and around
Main Drive, Cocoroc
Please check Parks Victoria notifications regarding access issues and high-flow events before visiting. There are no public toilets inside Werribee Regional Park.
The dirt tracks are most suitable for walking. Slopes and narrow paths may be difficult to navigate with a wheelchair.
Check out the Victoria Walks map.