There are a few places around Melbourne where you can leave the hustle and bustle of the concrete metropolis and surround yourself with the country life. These inner-city farms are a great place to hang out for the day to learn about organic produce and sustainable living, or even just to sit down, have a coffee and interact with the animals.
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East
(03) 9389 0100 ● Free entry
Open every day except for public holidays
CERES is a community, non-profit environment park that strives to raise awareness about environmental issues that affect urban areas. They demonstrate environmentally friendly options and green technology that can be adopted by all levels of the community, such as solar electricity generation, eco-friendly housing and greywater systems.
There is a Visitor Centre that offers workshops, courses and tours, a nursery stocked with native and edible plants, and a large community garden for local residents. CERES is also home to over 200 laying hens.
There is a café on site that serves organic coffee, breakfast and lunch every day of the week, and an organic market runs every Saturday and Wednesday morning.
18 St Heliers Street, Abbotsford
(03) 9417 5806 ● Entry is $4 for kids and $8 for adults
Open every day from 9am to 5pm
Established in 1979, the Collingwood Children’s Farm is a non-profit community farm that gives city people an opportunity to experience the country. There is a huge variety of animals to see, including goats, ducks, horses, pigs and even bees. There is also a cow that is milked twice a day (10am and 4pm) and everyone is welcome to give it a go.
There is also a café on site and a farmers market is run on the second Saturday of each month. You can also throw your kid’s birthday party on the farm, with a hosted farm party pack that includes pony rides, cow milking and feeding the animals.