Werribee Park Sculpture Walk.
Wander the pathway and explore 26 diverse artworks by Australia’s leading sculptors, each surprising and unique. Look for my favourites: the giant ornate frame of Fiona Orr’s Passage and the optical shape-shifting lines of Ari Purhonen’s Ether. For the full experience, pop into the mansion to collect a map and audio tour before you begin.
Wyndham Cultural Centre and Art Gallery.
Book a seat, front and centre, for a live performance that’s sure to entertain. The theatre season thrums with musical performance, comedy, dance, plays and touring artists. The upstairs small-space art gallery is a treat in itself with ever-changing exhibitions. I’ve held the image of a Vernon Ah Kee artwork in my head (and heart) since it jumped off the wall at me last year. Exactly what art should do – move you and stay with you.
Where history comes alive.
There’s nothing like experiencing history where it happened. Standing on the tarmac where early aviators tested their military flying machines at RAAF Museum at Point Cook. Crouching to run your fingers over the well-worn tessellated floor tiles of the fancy foyer at Werribee Park Mansion. Crawling low to reach the belly of a semi-restored vintage aircraft and realising you’re standing in the actual bomb bay (at the B-24 Liberator shed). That’s when the stories and the people come alive.
Western Treatment Plant – ones, twos and feathered friends.
It’s not only kids who are fascinated by what happens to sewage once you flush! Why not explore the full “number ones and twos” journey at the Western Treatment Plant, a modern-day technological wonder which does double duty as an important environmental site? Birdwatchers flock (see what I did there?) to the lagoons, grassland and coastline, considered second only to Kakadu in terms of the birdlife. Even if you’re a rookie twitcher, you can hope to earn your birdwatching stripes with a rare bird sighting here.
If shopping is your culture, Werribee is your promised land. Pacific Werribee offers retail therapy in biblical proportions – around 275 stores, 115,000 square metres of shop floorspace and 3,500 car parks. If you can’t get the brands and fashion you’re looking for here, you’re just not trying! For homewares and bigger ticket items, head to the Old Geelong Road shopping precinct where you’ll find incredible choice in furniture, appliances and just about anything you need for your home. All in one place with easy parking.