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Spot Kangaroos, Emu, Brolga and other Australian animals on a beautiful walk through the Australian Journey grasslands.
Set on the banks of the Werribee River, this immersive exhibit also features the Wirribi River Walking Trail and is a predator-proof release site for the Eastern Barred Bandicoot.
Keep your eyes out for the many living things that share this grassland ecosystem – lizards, insects, plants and native birdlife.
During your visit, take some time to explore the old Chirnside Woolshed. Built in 1860, the sounds of days gone by still echo through this magnificent bluestone shearing shed.
You may notice some changes to Australian Journey over the next few months as we complete a new Koala exhibit and begin construction on a free flight aviary for the crticially endangered Orange-bellied Parrot.
Discover the secret life of some of Australia’s most fascinating creatures in the Bandicoot Hideout.
The Bandicoot Hideout is home to the critically endangered Eastern Barred Bandicoot, along with other local natives including Squirrel Gliders, Fat-tailed Dunnarts, the Tawny Frog Mouth and the Striped Legless Lizard.
In the hideout kids can check in with super spy, Baz the Bandicoot before setting off on their own spy own mission in Australian Journey to find out what happened to Baz and his friends.
Designed especially for kids, there are clues and fun facts to be discovered throughout Australian Journey, along with an oversized Bandicoot nest to explore!
Victorian Basalt Plains Grasslands
As soon as you step through the Predator-proof fence, you’ll be transported into the Victorian basalt plains grasslands which once covered approximately one third of Victoria.
Today, due to many factors including development, weed invasion and grazing, less than one percent of these grasslands remain.
Explore this complex ecosystem and learn about the animals and plants that live here. Our animal exhibits resemble their natural habitat as closely as possible, so they can live and interact as they would in the wild.
Can you see the Brolgas as they dance by the waterhole or the kangaroos resting in the shade?
Head to the lookout for the perfect vantage point.
One animal that you may not see is the nocturnal Eastern Barred Bandicoot but they are there! Tucked into their nests of grass, they wait for the sun to go down before venturing out to forage for insects.
Eastern Barred Bandicoots are extinct in the wild of mainland Australia, but there are a few protected release sites in Victoria - Australian Journey at Werribee Open Range Zoo being one of them.
Wirribi River Trail
Explore the hidden world that exists around, above and under the wetlands. Enjoy the peace and quiet as you meander along the track to the boardwalk, which weaves along the river.
Watch out for blue-tongue lizards enjoying the warm sun or a swamp hen sitting on her island nest. You will eventually reach the edge of the beautiful Werribee River, where you can sit and enjoy the fresh air and peaceful surrounds.
The team at Werribee Open Range Zoo have planted thousands of trees, shrubs and grasses along the river and as a result many species of native fauna have returned to the area of their own accord, including the endangered Growling Grass Frog, platypus and many birds and insects.