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Werribee Open Range Zoo

4.8  ( 8 reviews ) · K Road, Werribee South, Werribee South, Victoria · Show Phone
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The Werribee Open Range Zoo is a popular, safari-themed attraction nestled in Victoria, just thirty minutes from Melbourne CBD. It boasts gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding settings, 200 hectares of breathtaking animals from Africa, Asia, North America, and Australia, and endless, unique photo opportunities. For delicious, fresh menus and tailor-made packages, Werribee Open Range Zoo is for you!

Looking for a unique wedding setting that will undoubtedly impress your guests? If so, you can’t overlook the majestic Werribee Open Range Zoo. Complete with stunning, versatile ceremony and reception spaces, exquisite animal exhibits, and an undeniably magical atmosphere, you won’t want to leave! 

You'll be spoilt for choice, from African-styled huts and hippopotamus beaches to spectacular vistas and secret gardens. Werribee Open Range Zoo can accommodate you whether you prefer a formal indoor affair or a charming, intimate alfresco dining experience. 

Manicured lawns, floor-to-ceiling glass, rustic corrugated iron sheeting, unique architectural design, and unbeatable views over the sweeping grounds and animals are just a handful of the wonders Werribee Open Range Zoo offers. There are also delectable, fresh menus with innovation, quality, sustainability, and flavour at their core. Brought to you by The Compass Group, you can expect nothing less than the finest catering. If you have a specific vision, they are happy to craft a bespoke menu just for you! 

“Our wedding was utterly perfect! We cannot thank Cassie enough for all her help and support for our wedding ceremony and reception. She was funny, friendly and calm. She helped us get some amazing photos with the animals and ensured we had an amazing experience. The food was delicious, and everyone was so impressed! Our wedding was honestly better than we could have ever imagined.” — Lily M. 

What you’ll love about your wedding at Werribee Open Range Zoo:  

  • Stunning safari-inspired reception settings. If you want to host your wedding day in an unforgettable environment, you’ve come to the right place. Werribee Open Range Zoo boasts several gorgeous safari-themed reception spaces you won’t want to leave. The Meerkat Room offers a breathtaking setting with floor-to-ceiling glass overlooking the joy-filled meerkat's exhibit, artistic architectural design, and a beautiful decking overlooking the gorillas and Lakeside Cove, perfect for seated and cocktail receptions. The Slumber Dining Hut is ideal for a more intimate gathering — with rustic wooden furniture, corrugated iron sheeting, and your private outdoor space. The Hippo Beach provides mesmerising close-up views of the hippopotamuses playing in the water with a beautiful outdoor deck overlooking the hippos as the sun goes down. And let’s not forget about the gorgeous, renowned African Kia — boasting manicured lawns and African-styled huts where marquees and tipis can be hired to create that wow experience. 
  • Beautiful ceremony locations. There are multiple stunning spots to exchange your vows within the Werribee Open Range Zoo. Surrounded by African wildlife and lush greenery, the possibilities are endless. The Gorilla Viewing space, Secret Garden, and Meerkat Room are perfect for a memorable, romantic ceremony with fantastic photo opportunities. 
  • Innovative, gourmet menus. At the Werribee Open Range Zoo, you can expect nothing less than high-quality, flavoursome fare from the beloved Compass Group. Utilising expert culinary techniques and fresh, locally sourced ingredients, this team of catering specialists ensures a vibrant, colourful menu you and your guests will love. They can also create a menu specific to your needs, dietary requirements, and vision. 

What Werribee Open Range Zoo weddings are like:

  • Spectacular, safari-themed wedding venue 
  • Gorgeous indoor and outdoor wedding settings 
  • Delicious, gourmet menus 
  • Various catering styles, including sit-down, cocktail, and grazing 
  • Tailor-made packages 
  • Endless breathtaking photo opportunities 
  • Outstanding, personable customer service 
  • Fantastic entertainment services

What’s the maximum capacity for weddings at Werribee Open Range Zoo Victoria?

The Werribee Open Range Zoo can accommodate up to 1,500 guests standing outside and up to 160 seated indoors with a dancefloor for a beautiful, unique, safari-themed wedding experience. 

“We had both our ceremony and reception at the Werribee Open Range Zoo. We had 60 or so guests, including the photographer and photo booth member, and everything went so smoothly. It was just an amazing environment. The venue team were extremely helpful and were so flexible — they even moved the location last minute because of torrential rain. I couldn't have asked for a more professional team and a more wonderful location.” — Kendall W. 


Jas is a natural when it comes to the wedding and events industry. Her positive and enthusiastic attitude along with her passion and extensive experience in both event operations and coordination has helped contribute to her ongoing success. Jas prides herself on her 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 Jas in control your next event will be planned to perfection.

Miss Jasmine Maxwell

Wedding & Events Coordinator

Venue Features

Indoor / Outdoor Ceremony

Min 2 / Max 160 Reception guests

Price per head: Low $175 / High $ 195

Min 2 / Max 160 Ceremony Guests

Time restrictions: 12:00 AM

In-house catering

5.50 hours Event time included

Music must end by 12:00 AM

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Bookings are confirmed with a signed proposal and deposit payment.

Absolutely, we would love to host your perfect wedding ceremony. We have many stunning locations to capture gorgeous wedding photos to last a life time.

We invite you to party the night away until midnight!

Of course! Your wedding coordinator will tailor the perfect package to suit your requirements.

Yes! We have a range of different options available.

We can arrange to bring in your favourite drink. Unfortunately we don't hold a BYO license.

 There is an abundance of all day parking available just outside the Zoo. 

We have a list of recommended suppliers to assist with hassle free planning; they are industry experts whose quality we guarantee! You can also arrange your own!

8 reviews 4.8 Write a Review

July 2023

What a beautiful wedding we had, with a stunning backdrop and some special animal visitors. The food was delicious, the staff were fabulous and the set up for our reception was exactly what we wanted. 10/10 would do it again (you know, if I weren't already married)

Jacqueline W.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hi Jacqueline! Thank you so much for your lovely review- we had a great time hosting your wedding and hope you are both well - before you know it, it will be your one year anniversary!

July 2023

Jo from Werribee Zoo was amazing through the whole experience. From guiding us through the selection on location within the Zoo, to the food and even other suppliers she made this typically stressful event a breeze. Very informative and great communication. Highly recommend

Bradley H.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hi Bradley! So nice to hear from you. Thank you so much for your kind words, I hope you both had the most magical day and can look back with very fond memories of your day. Jo

April 2022

The most amazing wedding venue ever. Staff were amazing and no maccas run needed at the end of the night! Jo and her team were so helpful, and a special mention to Kim who went above and beyond to make my daughter's day extra special. I would highly recommend the Werribee Open Range Zoo as a wedding venue.

Helena D.

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hi Helena - thanks for your kind review! The day was just perfect!

February 2022

Red or Ivory carpet to walk down the aisle to, white chairs, a gorgeous table for signing paperwork, your choice of location within the Zoo, the works. We had both our Ceremony and Reception at the Werribee Zoo. We had 60 or so guests, including the photographer and photo booth member, and everything went so smoothly and it was just an amazing environment. The Venue staff were extremely helpful and were so flexible, even moving the location last minute because of torrential rain. I couldn't have asked for a more professional team and a more wonderful location.

E. W.

April 2021

Our wedding was utterly perfect! We loved every minute. We cannot thank Cassie enough for all her help and support for our wedding ceremony and reception. She made sure everything was running smoothly. She was funny, friendly and calm. Everything we needed! She made sure we had something to eat and drink. Helped us get some amazing photos with the animals and made sure we had an amazing experience. We felt like she went above and beyond for us which made us feel very special. All the staff were friendly, helpful and enthusiastic which made the whole night special for everyone. The food was delicious and everyone was so impressed so please pass on our thanks to David and the chefs. The Giraffe Zookeepers Deb and Lauren and our guide Helen for the Giraffe Encounter were amazing. They coaxed the giraffes to come over to us so we could feed them by hand on our wedding day is something we will never ever forget. Thanks Kirstin, for organizing and coordinating everything, we couldn’t have done it without your help. Our wedding was honestly better than we could have ever imagined.

Lily M.

Expert Advice

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Are many venues open over the Christmas/New Year period? Will it change the price of my wedding?

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Hi, Melbourne and Werribee Open Range Zoo are open every day of the year! We do not charge extra for particular days unless it’s a public holiday. At Werribee Open Range Zoo, for the months of June, July and August we do offer substantial savings for weddings whereas Melbourne Zoo is the same price all year round.

are venue prices including catering and tables and chairs? or is it just the venue?

Werribee Open Range Zoo

You will find most venue packages include catering tables and chairs. If you would like a certain style for your wedding, adding a different chair is a simple way achieve this.

All the best,

The Melbourne Zoo Team

what does "price per head" usually include when it comes to venues

Werribee Open Range Zoo

Thank you for your question - it is a great one - inclusions can largely vary between venues. Common inclusions can be; venue hire, catering, beverages, staff, security.

At Melbourne Zoo we include:

    • Canapes on arrival

    • 2 courses  

    • Menu tasting for bride & groom

    • Five hour beverage package

    • Artisan bread rolls

    • Personalised menus

    • White linen for all tables

    • Wedding cake cut & served on platters

    • Cake knife

    • Tea and coffee

    • Tea light candles

    • Complimentary venue hire

    • Dance floor

    • Security

    • Wedding Coordinator

    • Wedding day supervisor

    • Staff

I hope this has helped to answer your question, please do not hesitate to ask more!

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