On all our trips down to see family in Victoria, we drive down the Princess Highway and say that one day we would go to Werribee Open Range Zoo. This trip we decided to make it happen and overnight in Werribee to visit the zoo prior to our drive down the coast. For something a little special we booked everyone on the Mini Zoo Keepers program.
Besides a freezing cold Victorian August day, we had an absolute blast!
The Mini Zoo Keepers program is aimed at kids 5 years and under and includes a small group (maximum 14 passengers) 40 minute Off-Road Safari and a special meerkat feeding.
We were extremely impressed with the facilities at Werribee Open Range Zoo. It was very stroller friendly and certainly caters for younger children with dedicated, educational play areas and special attractions.
The major benefit of jumping into the Mini Zoo Keepers program though is definitely the VIP off-road experience. I was jumping out of my seat with excitement being that close to giraffes and rhinos. Ari (4) was silent for most of the safari which I put down to his very important mini zoo keeper jobs on his tick sheet and his mind being absolutely blown with enormous animals.
This gorilla highlighted how cold it was! Frozen! We discovered the heated play zones late in the day.
We paid $40 per person which included our entry. Did I think it was worth it? Yes, completely. The hands-on experience, animal close-ups and the very exciting badge and certificate (hugely important items for a 4-year-old) made even paying for our 18-month-old worth it.
I will add that this is not a sponsored post. We paid for this trip in its entirety. It has been so many years in the making and now it will be hard to just drive past again.
For more details on the Mini Zoo Keepers program at Werribee Open Range Zoo, visit the website.