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illustrated map of werribee south

Werribee South is a rural area bordering the Werribee River estuary. Driving through this area is like being in an organic patchwork quilt of market gardens, with the colours of broccoli, cauliflower and lettuce areas and few patches of artichokes and onions for contrast. 

The Market Gardens

Werribee Estate was established drawing water from the Werribee River and surrounding creeks upstream. The farms proved ideal for orchards, poultry, lucerne crops and dairying, as they were close to metropolitan markets.This created a unique community that began with a settlement scheme and then as soldier settlement after the WW1. By 1918, the population was 427. From the 1920s an Italian community had begun to establish here. Today it is mainly market gardens.

K. Road Cliffs

At this site the river has cut down into the Werribee delta over the eons creating a flood plain where the river flows on its way to Port Phillip Bay at Werribee South,  exposing these beautiful red cliffs.  


Werribee South Foreshore

The beach area is very different area, a great place for some fun. At the estuary end there are jetties and boat ramps, a recreation reserve, beaches and a caravan park. At the other end of the beach, you will find the new marina development, Wyndham Harbour.  

Cororoc Historic Town

The township of Cocoroc was created in 1894 at the Western Treatment Plant to house the workers it employed because of the area’s isolation. By 1910 it had a post office and a population of about 300 persons. All that is left now are two small empty concrete swimming pools, change rooms, a sports pavillion, a farm hall and a heritage-listed water tank.

The name 'Cocoroc' means 'frog' in the language of the Wathaurung people — the Traditional Owners of the land the treatment plant was built on.

Water treatment Plant

This site has a surprising claim to fame globally as a special place to observe rare species of birds, particularly as a unique environment for migrating seabirds, bordering on the Ramsar Wetlands. If you want to see birds who come from as far away as Siberia, you will have to book ahead.

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