Werribee Suburb Guide
The unofficial capital of the West
Fondly referred to as the ‘unofficial capital of the west’, the riverside suburb of Werribee is located just 31 kilometres south-west of Melbourne’s bustling CBD, offering residents an ideal combination of both coastal and urban living. Proving most popular amongst young couples and growing families, the Werribee lifestyle has begun to attract those looking for affordable housing and a balanced suburb-to-city lifestyle. Exceptional shopping, stunning parks and an established array of education options are just a few of the features adding to the area’s appeal, contributing to the steady growth of the region over the last few years.
Food, drink and shopping
For our foodie friends, don’t miss out on the hidden gems like Notorious Espresso or The South Corner for the ultimate cafe feast. There’s also the Truck Stop Deluxe if you’re after what Broadsheet deemed a mean double-patty burger.
If late night dining is more your thing, be sure to try the ever-popular Fusion Ceylon, The Groove Train or Dumpling Story with local bars, The Park and The Wolf on Watton nearby to quench your thirst. Whatever you’re craving, there’s an abundance of food options in the cultured urban centre that are sure to satisfy!
All your grocery shopping needs are taken care of at the local shopping centre, Pacific Werribee. Both Aldi and Woolworths are on offer as well as a variety of food and grocery stores for your weekly shopping needs. Enjoy some personal retail therapy at stores like H&M and General Pants, and for those with kids, there’s even the Pacific Kids Club providing free kids activities every Tuesday!
Parks and recreation
Just ten kilometres from the town centre is the ‘almost secret’ South Werribee Beach — located right on the mouth of the Werribee River. This tranquil stretch of coastline has plenty of spots to relax, explore and swim, with two playgrounds close by for those with children.
Perhaps the most popular destination for visitors is the Werribee Park Mansion, a once colonial homestead turned five-star hotel, offering a taste of the luxe life with an on-site winery and day spa. This heritage listed site is also home to beautifully landscaped gardens — providing a kaleidoscope of colour during the Victoria State Rose Garden’s annual bloom of 5000 roses.
In addition, just five kilometres from the hustle and bustle of downtown is the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a not-for-profit conservation organisation committed to fighting wildlife extinction. In the past couple of years the Zoo has introduce a range of uber cool couple or family events such as Sunset Safaris or the Village Market. Make sure you check the calendar to keep up to date with what’s on.
If hiking is your thing, the Werribee River Park is a location offering stunning views of the popular Werribee River, and has a scenic 3.5 kilometre walking track with a designated picnic area — the perfect place to enjoy fish ‘n’ chips from the highly rated Kippers Seafood.
Education and transport
For growing or established families, there are a number of great schools and day care options in the area, with the P-12 Heathdale Christian College, Woodville Primary School and Suzanne Cory High School all located within five kilometres of the town centre.
Just a cruisey 35 minute drive to the CBD via the M1, or a 37 minute train ride to Southern Cross Station from Werribee Station, accessibility is a major perk of this quickly expanding location.
Whether it’s taking a dip in the ocean or joining a safari tour through the Savannah, Werribee has a variety of activities to cater to every lifestyle — kids or no kids!