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State Rose Garden, Werribee Park. Delight in the colour and fragrance of over 5000 roses, displayed to perfection, at their most magnificent bloom from November to April. Perfect timing for Barefoot Cinema! While you wait for the film to start, you can tour the rose garden and wider mansion estate, drink in hand, as the live music mingles with the sweet smells of summer.
Winner of the prestigious World Federation of Rose Societies Award for Garden Excellence, this internationally acclaimed garden is a must see. The Victorian State Rose Garden is tended by the Victorian State Rose Garden Supporters, a dedicated group of over 100 volunteers.
How to get there
Werribee Park is located 30 minutes’ drive from Melbourne CBD. Enter via Gate 2 from K Rd. The car park is located outside the Victoria State Rose
Garden, 300m from the Mansion.
You can also get her by bicycle by following the WerribeeRiver Park trail to Werribee Park.
If using public transport, take the Werribee line train to Werribee Station, then take bus route #439 to Werribee Park.
All abilities access is provided throughout the park, including accessible toilets.
Paths throughout the formal gardens are level granitic tracks.
The little red train can often transport you around the
grounds. Note, prams are not permitted inside the Mansion.
General admission seating
No seats are provided in the general admission area, but there is plenty of room for your own beanbag, picnic rug or low back chair. It’s also pretty comfy on the grass!
Pleases keep the other guests in mind when choosing your spot as it won’t be much fun for someone spending the whole night looking at the back of your chair. There will be designated areas towards the back or sides of the venue for anyone with a high back chair.
There are also some beanbags for hire, but they sell out quick so make sure you get in early!
Barefoot VIP Lounge
Treat yourself with an Barefoot VIP Ticket and make this a really special night out. Each VIP Ticket includes:*
- your choice of a reclining chair or beanbag within our premium seating area;
- a free drink and popcorn;
- complimentary blanket hire; and
- waited service during the film.
There are no allocated seats in the Barefoot VIP Lounge, so make sure you arrive early to get a good spot for you and your friends.
History of this site
The original concept of a State Rose Garden arose when Victoria was declared The Garden State, in 1976. After much hard work and lobbying by a few dedicated members of the National Rose Society, particularly Mr. James (Jim) Lyall Priestly OAM, it became a reality in 1986
Mervyn Hayman Danker FRAIA and James Priestly co-designed a plan which was accepted by the State Government and developed by the Public Works Department in Stages from 1986 to 2001.
On the 9th November 1986, the official opening of Stage One of the Victoria State Rose Garden was performed. The opening was blessed with sunshine and a fine display by the plants now in place.
An official opening does not guarantee that work will continue. Changes of State Government and economic rationalisation left no doubt that the Rose Garden was about to be engulfed and terminated. The bulldozers were to move in.
A petition against this move resulted in many hundreds of signatures supporting the completion, but it had to be shown that there were sufficient volunteers to carry out the work involved in both the current Garden and any extension. In June 1993 The Victoria State Rose Garden Supporters Werribee Park Inc. was registered.
The Supporters work very closely with the current management of the Tourism Precinct, Parks Victoria and the staff of The Mansion at Werribee Park. The joint efforts show clearly in the standard of care and upkeep of the Garden and its surrounds.