web-mze-square-chef-tom-craig-moonieTOM CRAIG-MOONIE, Executive Chef
Tom trained under the Michelin-starred chef Andy Hunt at Hunts Restaurant in Bristol, UK, and worked in some of the most prestigious hotels and restaurants in England and Wales. He then opened his own country pub in 2008. Most recently, he has worked as Executive Development Chef for Chartwells (Compass Group UK).  His main culinary influences are Keith Floyd and Rick Stein – both world-renown English celebrity chefs, restauranteurs, television presenters and authors – and his mum by whom he credits his love and passion for food, which started at the early age of four! And his ambition? ‘To experience the culinary delights of Australia and to immerse myself fully into the culture and most definitely the amazing foodie scene that is Melbourne.’

???????????????????????????????CATHERINE GRANTER, Event Coordinator
Catherine is a natural when it comes to the wedding and events industry. Her bright, enthusiastic attitude and experience in both event operations and coordination has helped contribute to her outstanding success in this role. Catherine has excellent attention to detail and strives to execute all aspects of her events seamlessly, so that her clients can enjoy the moment. You can be assured with Catherine in control your next event will be planned to perfection.

Lauren Forbes-WEB-SQUARELAUREN FORBES, Event Coordinator
Lauren joins our team with a strong background in hospitality, events and client relationship management. Melbourne Zoo Events combines her passions in organisation and communication, as well as her love for animals and the outdoors! With Lauren’s expertise, your function will be in safe hands and will be a smooth, enjoyable experience from start to finish!



How to get here

Werribee Open Range Zoo is located 35 kilometres west of Melbourne’s city centre, on the Princes Freeway. It is a short 30-minute drive from the city over the Westgate Bridge or via the Geelong Road. (Take the Werribee South exit to K Road.)

The Zoo is also en route to the Great Ocean Road and is a major attraction on the Great Southern Touring Route and the Bay Tour.

Public transportation options

Getting to Werribee Open Range Zoo by public transport is easy.

From Melbourne: Catch a train from the Melbourne CBD to Werribee station (travelling on the Werribee Line)

From Geelong: Catch a train from Geelong to Werribee station (travelling on the Melbourne train)

Once you’ve reached Werribee station, catch bus 439 (Werribee South) from Werribee station to the Zoo

Please note: The last Safari Bus Tour of the day leaves at 3:30pm. This means that visitors who catch the 3:35pm bus service will arrive too late to participate. We recommend visitors arrive earlier in the day, in order to avoid disappointment.