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Open Access Excursions (Self-Guided)

Open Access Excursions (Self-Guided)

Year level 
Foundation – Year 2, Year 3 & 4, Year 5 & 6, Year 7 & 8, Year 9 & 10, VCE
$19 per student
Monday to Friday (during the school term)

Auslan and/or captioned content to help deaf and hard-of-hearing students get the most out of their zoo experience.

Learning Outcomes


Program Description

OpenAccess Excursions was developed by Connexu Foundation in partnership with the Victorian Deaf Education Institute and Werribee Open Range Zoo to create accessible learning for deaf and hard-of-hearing students.

Using a smartphone application, students can access interactive and accessible learning through captions and Australian Sign Language. The app has been designed to be used around the Pula Reserve Trail via Quick Response (QR) codes.

Teachers can make the most of the experience by preparing students for the content that is available through the app by viewing it prior to your visit.

Find out how to download the OpenAccess app. After the app is downloaded you need to also download the Werribee Open Range Zoo content – go to “Download Content” and search for Werribee Open Range Zoo and download either secondary or primary content as required. As the files are large it is recommended to download via Wi-Fi.

At the zoo, you can either select the “nearby” option to view the videos or select “scan code” option and scan in the QR codes that are on the Open Access Student Trail attached below.

We recommend that you select key species to focus your day on rather than try to cover all species.

What to bring

Open Acess is an outdoor all-weather program; the students will need appropriate clothing for weather conditions. Please bring your own devices with the application downloaded. See below for the Open Access QR code Sheet.

Student ratio

1 adult for every 10 students are admitted for free with this program. Additional adults are welcome to join for a reduced rate.

Plan your visit

The organising teacher should make themselves known to Admission Staff prior to entering the Zoo so that payment can be made. More information 

The day's activities

Self-guided using OpenAccess app
1 – 4 hours
Explore the Zoo – visit animal exhibits, attend educational keeper talks
1 – 4 hours

Program resources

For further information visit OpenAccess Tours or Conexu