Werribee Open Range Zoo

Werribee Open Range Zoo recreates the look and feel of the African Savannah in Melbourne, just 30 minutes’ drive from the CBD.

Developed around the tranquil natural surrounds and wide open spaces of the Werribee River district, the 200 hectare property is home to some of Africa’s most iconic animals, as well as wildlife from the grasslands of Asia, North America and Australia.

We are the perfect place to hold your next special event.

We cater for every taste and budget – from BBQs on the lawns to a cocktail reception at the Hippo site, and everything in between. Our indoor and outdoor function spaces, all beautiful inside and out, each offering a unique atmosphere to suit your event’s needs.


Venue Name Capacity Key Features Disability Access
Meerkat Room 350 (standing)
160 (seated with dance floor)
Floor to ceiling windows; view of the meerkats; no pillars Yes
African Kia 1,500 (standing)
800 (seated)
Four huts can be hired together or individually for a more intimate gathering; BBQ catering options only Yes
Cheetah Lawn 500 (standing)
200 (seated)
Conveniently located adjacent to Safari Station - a large grass area Yes
Lakeside Cove 100 (ceremony use only) Perfect location for a wedding ceremony, picturesque views of gorillas on the distant Cove Island Yes
Gorilla Viewing Platform 160 (ceremony use only) Perfect location for a wedding ceremony, picturesque views of gorillas on the distant Cove Island Yes
Secret Garden 100 (ceremony use only) Secluded, intimate space in close proximity to the main Zoo entrance Yes
Slumber Dining Hut 30 (seated) Unique conference venue; picturesque views Yes
Chongola Hut 80 (seated) Private space; BBQ facilities; tables and chairs included Yes


Choose Werribee Open Range Zoo to host your wedding, and you are sure to offer your guests a one of a kind wedding day experience.  Say ‘I do at our flexible reception venue or choose from a variety of stunning outdoor ceremony sites, each with their own unique atmosphere.

If you’re looking for a striking setting to exchange your vows or take wedding photos, our inspiring outdoor sites will ensure that your special day is one to remember. From the Lakeside Cove which looks onto our lawns with the distant Gorilla Island in the background, to the Secret Garden, an intimate space for your ceremony and one we fondly call the hidden gem of Werribee.

Our tranquil surrounds and dramatic backdrops, enlivened by African animals in action, are sure to give your wedding photos an extra touch of otherworldly magic.

Contact us through the enquiry form and let us help you plan for the wedding of your dreams.

Corporate Events

Enough of the same old corporate event? Differentiate your business event with an unforgettable occasion at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Whether it's a Christmas party or a team building activity, our outdoor and indoor facilities will more than cater to your needs.

In particular, the African Kia offers the outdoor experience of dining. It's an ideal choice for corporate events looking for an atmospheric setting or a dining destination with a difference. The large grassy surrounds are an inviting place for guests to relax or children to play at, but also large enough for corporate games or exercises.

Our other spaces include the Chongola Hut, the perfect place to host an intimate BBQ function and the Slumber Dining Hut, for those looking for a unique conference experience complete with picturesque views.

We also provide organisations with opportunities for team building, staff professional development, and animal encounters.

To find out more about what we can bring to your next corporate function, contact a member of our team through the enquiry form.

Special Events

Whether you are planning an engagement party, celebrating your birthday, or an anniversary, special events require special treatment in an ideal location. Werribee Open Range Zoo is famous for its amazing animals and the natural beauty of its landscape, ranging from the African Savannah and Victorian basalt plains grasslands, to our hippopotamus marsh.

When planning your next important occasion keep in mind we offer a variety of sites and experiences in an African animal setting, including outdoor dining at the African Kia and the picturesque backdrop of Lakeside Cove.

Contact us through the enquiry form and let us help you plan that special event that your loved ones will never forget.

Kids' Parties

What better place to let your kids run wild than at a birthday party at the Werribee Open Range Zoo!

Make your child’s birthday party one to remember by hosting our adventure-packed party package, complete with a feast in the Meerkat Room and a stroll through the Pula Walking Trail to see lions, gorillas, hippos and more.

Our Kid’s Parties are ideal for kids aged 3 to 11 years. They are great for groups of 20 to 30 children. Please note that our parties run on Saturdays and Sundays from set times between 10:00am until 2:00pm.

Click here for further information and package details or contact us through the enquiry form.