Werribee Park Mansion


Werribee Mansion is one of Australia’s largest, grandest, and most architecturally sophisticated mansions, and is included on the Victorian Heritage Register. Construction of the large basalt and sandstone mansion was completed in 1877 for the Chirnside family who were originally from Scotland, and made their fortune from wool in Victoria’s Western District.

The Chirnsides rejected the popular vernacular Scottish baronial style of the early-to-mid 19th century, and instead built their mansion in an Italianate Renaissance Revival style. They did, however, embrace the romanticism of Highlandism and cultivate a consciously theatrical Scottish identity in other ways.

The mansion is a symmetrical two storey central block, with dominant tower and a ground level arcade on three sides. With 60 rooms across several wings, the fine interior includes some original furniture set within a richly decorated entry hall containing a Minton encaustic tiled floor, niches, Corinthian pilasters, and free-standing columns leading to a grand staircase. The main reception rooms, library and dining room are all classically ornamented.

Converted into a seminary in the 1920s, the estate was purchased by the Victorian State Government in 1977, and is now managed by Parks Victoria. It has featured in Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries (an Australian drama television series), and Winchester.

What's On

Parks Victoria staff and volunteers will be on site to chat to visitors about the mansion’s history, art, and architectural features.

There will be a number of forms of entertainment occurring sporadically throughout, in a ‘flash-mob’ style – providing a lively atmosphere, and surprising and delighting visitors.

Images: (1-3) Werribee Park Mansion. Photos: Parks Victoria

Important Details

Time & Date

Sunday 31 July
Open 10am-4pm, last entry at 3.45pm.
Bookings not required. Capacity is limited. Entry will be timed and operates on a first come, first in basis.

Age Requirements

All Ages


Partially wheelchair accessible
No lift


320 K Road, Werribee South 3030


Presented by Parks Victoria.


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