Werribee Open Range Zoo is free for kids in school holidays

Last Wednesday two granddaughters and I visited Werribee Open Range Zoo. It was a bit rainy but we dressed accordingly and had a great time.

First experience was the Safari train, which was included in my ticket and free for the girls. The driver stopped the vehicle at each exhibit, so we were able to get good photos, although the engine was kept running so a slight vibration softened my zoomed shots. We got great views of giraffes, zebras (which are Iris’ passion) and rhinoceroses.

Then it was time for lunch and a walk around the circular pathway. We had a magic moment when the mother and baby hippos raised their heads from the pond after everyone left but us. Some monkeys gave us another chance to practice with our compacts cameras, under a rain shelter.

Another highlight for the girls was the ranger shelter. Here they were able to bandage sick animals (soft ones), examine X-rays and fly a helicopter, under the helpful guidance of volunteer guides, while the adults relaxed on padded seats.

A gift shop pocket-money expedition, afternoon tea and toilet stop meant we were all set up for the three quarters of an hour trip back to the Big Smoke and dry socks.