Family Fun at the Collingwood Children’s Farm
Set on the banks of the Yarra River and only 5 km from the Melbourne city centre, the Collingwood Children’s Farm is a must-see for families and visitors to Melbourne.
In 1979, a community committee, with support from the former Collingwood City Council, leased a small area of the Convent for a Children’s Farm. The Committee hoped children living in an urban environment, often without backyards, could learn to care for animals and nature and also have fun outdoors. Local schools and other groups helped with fencing, gardening and animal care. Members of the Greek Elderly Citizens and the Turkish Welfare Group helped clear weeds and carve out the community plots.
The farm is a huge hit with kids and adults alike, daily activities include brushing cows, cuddling guinea pigs and more.
The Collingwood Farmers Market is held at the farm on the second Sunday of every month (8 am till 1 pm). The market started in 2002 as a fundraiser and to raise awareness about the possible closure of the farm and a housing development being built instead. The campaign worked and we still have this amazing little farm on Melbourne’s doorstep.
The farm cafe is very popular and they can also offer (pre-booked) picnic hampers for visitors who would like to sit out on the grass and enjoy the farm life.
Farm / 9.15am to 4.45pm
Farm Cafe / 9am to 4pm
Website: Collingwood Children’s Farm
18 St Heliers Street
Abbotsford, Melbourne, VIC, 3067
Phone: 03 9417 5806
Plan your visit and check current entry prices.
The Children’s Farm is on part of the land of the Abbotsford Convent. The former Convent is now home to over 100 studios, two galleries, cafes, even a radio station and school.
Two historic boat houses are nearby, so it would make a great family day out to combine a visit to the farm with a rowboat trip on the Yarra.