Werribee Open Range Zoo

Kubu River Hippos

Step into a wild African wetland at Werribee Open Range Zoo’s Kubu River Hippos experience.

Spanning more than three hectares, Kubu River Hippos is a hippo paradise. Home to five hippos – Primrose, Brindabella, Tulip, Lotus and young Pansy – the exhibit features deep pools, sandy beaches, mud wallows and grassy meadows.

From the boardwalk, you can view the hippos from almost every angle, or you can see them up close from the semi-submerged barge, the Kubu Queen. There’s even an opportunity to experience Australia’s only drive-through hippo river on the safari tour.

Hippo Beach

Feel the sand between your toes at Hippo Beach, as the kids dig for buried treasure under the shade of thatched umbrellas.
Watch the hippos as they snooze on the bank and splash through the water, then hit the relax button and find a deck chair to enjoy or swing with the breeze with the in a comfy hammock.
If the weather's warm be sure to pack the kids’ bathers for a cooling splash through the water play area.
Hippo Beach provides an oasis along the walking trail, with shady spots to relax and cool drinks and snacks available at the Hippo Beach Cafe.