The Werribee River runs for approximately 110km across Victoria’s basalt plain and flows into Port Phillip. The river has had a few names throughout its recent ‘european’ history as early explorers ‘discovered’ it. The name Werribee is thought to be from Weariby Yallock, meaning spine or backbone stream.
The river is used for irrigation by market gardeners in Bacchus Marsh and houses the Western Treatment Plant close to its mouth in Werribee South, it also supplies irrigation to the Werribee Open Range Zoo.
Werribee River as it flows by Werribee Park.
Image: © Gary Light
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