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Zoos Victoria invites comment on gondola attraction at Werribee Open Range Zoo

Zoos Victoria invites comment on gondola attraction at Werribee Open Range Zoo
October 7, 2021

Zoos Victoria is inviting public feedback on its proposed Sky Safari gondola attraction planned for Werribee Open Range Zoo - part of an $83 million expansion of the tourist attraction.

Community consultation has opened on plans for The Sky Safari, a 1.6 kilometre tree-top gondola of small group cabins that will elevate passengers 30 metres above the zoo.

The Sky Safari will transport up to 1200 people per hour on a 40-minute round trip showcasing views of the zoo savannah, across to the You Yangs, Melbourne and Port Philip Bay.

Feedback received by Zoos Victoria during the community consultation period will be included in an application to be considered by the Victorian Minister for Planning.

Zoos Victoria’s webpage says that Werribee Open Range Zoo’s expansion will prioritise animal welfare.

The Zoo expansion is expected to create almost 350 jobs, including 90 direct jobs caring for animals and assisting visitors.

Once complete, the expansion is anticipated to increase the number of visitors at the zoo to more than 1 million every year.

The Zoo’s expansion plans also include a 400-seat café (the Water Hole Café) with indoor and outdoor eating areas, providing diners with views of some animals.

The café will serve as a prelude to an elephant sanctuary walking loop.

Zoos Victoria’s herd of Asian Elephants will be relocated to Werribee, where they will live in a 22-hectare open range, naturalistic setting.

A new walking trail will guide visitors through an immersive landscape where the elephants roam.

Zoos Victoria have also indicated that a new carpark with up to 1000 spaces may also be built.

Feedback on The Sky Safari can be provided via a survey at: or by emailing

The deadline for community feedback is Friday 15th October.

Images: Concept for Werribee Open Range Zoo's proposed Sky Safari (top) and Zoos Victoria’s herd of Asian Elephants will be relocated to Werribee (below) .Credit: Zoos Victoria.

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