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Incongruously located in a nondescript outer suburb, Werribee Park is one of Australia's most palatial homes, formerly the mansion of a wealthy grazing family and now a public museum. Erected in the 19th century, it is still authentically furnished to give a taste of how the upper classes lived, although venture into the servants quarters for an altogether less grandiose experience! The mansion is set in a beautiful formal garden, on a 140-hectare property. It can easily be combined with a visit to the adjacent Open Range Zoo.
Werribee Open Range Zoo's wide plains have that are proved ideal for African, Asian and North American wildlife. The park is home to giraffes, hippos, zebra, antelopes, monkeys and cheetah, as well as native Australian animals such as kangaroos and koalas. Visitors can tour in safari buses to take a closer look at the inhabitants. There are plenty of picnic spots and walking areas if you prefer to do your own thing. The Zoo is part of historic Werribee Park Mansion, which is only a five minute drive away.
Altona Pier offers you a calm respite from the city hustle bustle and treats you to picturesque views. While you are in the city, do make a point to visit this waterfront.
Established and run by a team of passionate miniature steam train enthusiasts, this is the only miniature steam train park in western Melbourne. Since 1986 the doors have been open to the general public providing adults as well as kids the opportunity to ride the five-inch and seven and a quarter inch scale model trains powered by live steam or petrol. The 9.3 acre site is under continuous development and available for birthday parties and social club bookings. There are also picnic tables, barbecues and a kiosk offering light snacks.
The only clue that this great park was once a quarry and landfill is the design of the picnic shelters. Built out of rough timber and corrugated iron to resemble the quarry workers' huts, the shelters provide protection from the elements and can be reserved by phone. The park is large enough to have its own full-time ranger and features a lake, fantastic adventure playground, amphitheater, walking tracks and barbecues. A wetlands area planted with native flora is now home to many species of birds, amphibians and reptiles.
Commonwealth Reserve is a green space adjacent to the Gem Pier. The park hosts a few heritage attractions that include the Tide Gauge House and the Wilkinson Drinking Fountain. Commonwealth Reserve is the right place to end a tiresome day with a walk through the suburb. You may also attend the craft market that takes place on the grounds of the Commonwealth Reserve on the third Sunday of every month, or if you wish to celebrate a special occasion of your life, you can always book the park. Call for additional information.
Williamstown Tourist Information Centre is the perfect starting place for any lost or confused visitors to Williamstown. Buy a reasonably priced cool drink, ice cream, coffee or sandwich, sit down and relax, and spread out the free maps and guides available from the small but comprehensive information stand. Friendly staff will provide you with assistance in finding your bearings, and advice on planning your itinerary, whether you are in Williamstown for a day, or even a year! They also have a treasure of knowledge about attractions further afield on the western side of the bay.
Gem Pier which was named after a paddle steamer that once operated between Williamstown and Port Melbourne, is located at the end of Syme Street. This long stone jetty was built in 1838. The original jetty has now been replaced. Many passenger ferries dock here to pick up and drop visitors traveling to Williamstown. You can also walk along the gangway of the WWII minesweeper HMAS Castlemaine which has now been converted into a museum.
Opened in 1978, this Bridge is one of Melbourne's most prominent landmarks and is Australia's second-longest bridge. Construction began in 1965. On October 15, 1971 a section of the bridge collapsed killing 35 workers in one of Australia's worst industrial accidents. There is a memorial park under the bridge at Spotswood to honor the dead. Tolling was lifted from the bridge in 1985 when the State Government deemed it had been paid for. It is now the main link between Melbourne, the historic port town of Williamstown and the satellite city of Geelong.
Sandridge is perhaps the most tranquil of Melbourne's inner city beaches. Perhaps its location, directly adjacent to an industrial site, puts potential swimmers off its calm and shallow waters. However, this may be changing with the Beacon Cove development turning the surrounding area into a glossily surreal housing estate, and with council projects underway to improve the beach. The area already features a playground for children, a barbecue, a surf club and a strip of parkland, but make sure you bring refreshments because there is nowhere to buy them within a 15 minute walk! Gay men looking for more than a suntan favor the secluded northern section of the beach. As is usual for beaches in the city of Port Phillip, dogs are banned from November to April.
Located at the end of the long strip of beaches that runs parallel with Beaconsfield Parade from St. Kilda, through Middle Park and Albert Park, Port Melbourne has traditionally been considered the poor cousin. Its location close to the landing docks and industrial sites of the area was once a liability, but as these have been converted into condominiums and increasingly desirable residential properties, it is becoming an advantage. The beach is narrow and the water shallow, but it is lined with pedestrian and bike paths and visitors can stroll along the historic Station Pier, once the arrival point for boatloads of immigrants and now the departure point for the Tasmanian ferry service. There is also a kiosk open year round, the Port Melbourne Yacht Club and a small boats jetty for anglers and boating enthusiasts.
Quang Minh Temple is located in the picturesque suburb of Baybrook. Built by Vietnamese Buddhist immigrants in Victoria, lead by venerable Thích Tắc Phước, the congregation associated with this place dates back to the 1980s. Embodying its name, which means 'bright light', it continues to show the way to the followers of Buddhism in Australia. This temple is also the venue for the annual Quang Minh Tet festival.