One of the greatest pleasures in life is when friends and family make the long (very long) journey down south to Australia to visit. It’s been a great year so far for visitors, what with my parent’s trip in July and just recently my good friend Kaley May took a trip down under in August.
Kaley had lived in Melbourne for a year back in 2012, so knew her way around the city and had a list of places and people she wanted to see making the planning for me very easy. We did all the usual touristy things that people do, dumplings at Miss Chu, gelato at Gelato Messina and a trip to the recently opening Terminus Hotel in Abbotsford for a few drinks with friends.
With her flight home scheduled for midnight on the Saturday, we had a whole day together before she left and having ticked off everything on her list, we were left with an opportunity to visit somewhere completely new. With several visitors over the last three years, it’s a hard task to find somewhere completely new for me, but we found somewhere, just outside Melbourne that all of us hadn't visited; Werribee Park.
Werribee Park is an estate located just outside of Melbourne which includes the historical building, Werribee Park Mansion, the Victoria State Rose Garden, formal gardens, the Werribee Park National Equestrian Centre, the Werribee Open Range Zoo, a contemporary sculpture walk and there is also the Mansion Hotel and Conference Centre. The Park was purchased by the Victoria State Government in 1973 and was opened as a tourist attraction in 1977.
After a brief walk around of the mansions exterior, we made our way through the gardens, taking a brief hiatus at the greenhouses before moving to the rose garden. The Werribee rose garden is separated from the mansion's formal gardens by a Heritage Border featuring unusual and historic roses from around the world. In bloom from October to May, the roses are at their most magnificent from November to April.
It was a beautiful way to end her trip and a real eye opener for me. If ever there was a place more perfect for an afternoon picnic in the sun with friends, its this place. The place was buzzing with crowds of people, kites flying around the sky and the sun shining. It couldn't have been a better way to end such a fantastic two weeks with such as great friend.
For more information on any of the above make sure to check out the Parks Victoria website here.