Situated 32km south-west of Melbourne is the bustling central business district of Werribee. Straddling the Werribee River and running alongside the M1 Freeway, Werribee is the central hub of the City of Wyndham Local Government zone.
During the 1990s, Werribee began to experience significant growth in population which slowly extended over the pre-existing farmlands. These days, the city provides wonderful employment and educational opportunities for its residents and it’s an easy commute to the larger centres of Melbourne and Geelong to the south-west.
In the 1850s, Werribee was the salad bowl of Melbourne and substantial tracts of land to the south of the freeway still produce vast amounts of fresh market garden vegetables. Though highly mechanised now, these farms provide stable employment for large numbers of local residents.
- Population – 40,345 (2016 census)
- Population Density – 17 people/hectare
- Enjoy wild animals up close? Visit the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
- In the local Aboriginal dialect, the name Werribee means spine. Who knew?
- Home of the much loved Werribee Mansion (Be sure to plan a visit!)
Residential and Demographics
The median age of Werribee’s inhabitants is 36 and there are 10,618 families living in the locality making families by far the most significant household type. With 15,911 private dwellings and 2.7 people per household, its population density sits at a very comfortable 17 people per hectare.
The median weekly household income sits at $1,304 making the median monthly mortgage repayment of $1,450 very affordable.
The median rental payment is $277.
Average annual growth for houses is 7.23% while for units it sits at 5.69% making property investment an option worthy of consideration. On average, both houses and units are only on the market for around 60 days.
Werribee is blessed with high-quality educational facilities for all levels. There are no less than 12 primary schools, 4 high schools and campuses of Victoria University, Goulbourn Ovens Institute of TAFE, University of Melbourne (Veterinary Science) and University of Notre Dame Australia.
The primary and secondary schools come from the public, private and religious sectors and cater to a wide range of educational needs and learning styles. Accordingly, a huge range educational of opportunities exist.
Additionally, the Melbourne Clinical School partners with the local Mercy Hospital to deliver excellent educational outcomes for local health care professionals.
Werribee is home to several major attractions to keep its residents occupied while also providing the foundation for a vibrant tourist industry.
Located to the south of the freeway is the wonderful combination of Werribee Mansion, the National Equestrian Centre, Werribee Open Range Zoo and the Victorian State Rose Garden. These are very closely situated to each other and are serviced by several restaurants and cafes.
To the west of the Werribee town centre is the Werribee Racecourse. As well as playing host the International Breakfast with The Stars during the Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, the track is home to the Werribee Cup.
The township is also dotted with well-appointed local sporting facilities which play host to track and field clubs, football and soccer clubs, tennis and cricket associations.
The Werribee River winds its way through the town and its streamside parks and gardens provide wonderfully relaxing opportunities to stroll with the dog or observe nature.
Shopping. Cafes. Cuisine.
Given its location and population, it’s no surprise Werribee is well-serviced by all the popular brands and retail outlets. From Bunnings and the major supermarket chains to a complete array of boutiques and quirky specialty outlets, you will not go home with empty bags after a shopping expedition.
There are two major shopping centres – Werribee Town Centre and the Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre at the corner of Heaths and Derrimut Roads.
With a significant foreign community, it’s no surprise the area also abounds with huge variety of international cuisines of superior standard. From Thai and Indian to Italian and Vietnamese, Werribee’s restaurants will make your mouth water from the time you make the reservation.
There are four major exits from the M1 freeway that take drivers into the township of Werribee. Significant arterial routes within Werribee include the Princes Hwy, Heaths Road, Tarneit Road, Shaws Road, Greaves Road and the main thoroughfare traversing the central business district is Watton Street. These roads quickly feed drivers to their destinations across the region as traffic is generally light.
There are two major train stations, Hoppers Crossing and Werribee, and each is part of the greater Melbourne Metropolitan Rail Network. Being the terminus of the Werribee line, Werribee Station has grown to become an important hub for the community of commuters who regularly travel to Melbourne in comfort aboard the regular services. Train travellers also find the new station at Tarneit very convenient as this can take them south-west to Geelong.
Major bus interchanges exist at Werribee Station, Pacific Werribee Shopping Centre and Hoppers Crossing Station. The routes extending from these take passengers throughout the area to schools and other attractions.
All in All…
Since the 1960s, Werribee has grown without relentlessly. In connection to this, the local amenity and quality of life has continued to improve for those lucky enough to call it home. With a host of educational and employment options, a wonderful variety of shopping and dining experiences and more tourist attractions than most other areas can lay claim to, Werribee has shaken off its sleepy image and is now a bustling zone of opportunity and growth.
If you’re considering a property purchase, there has never been a better time than now.