Situated a mere 4km from the CBD, Collingwood Children’s Farm is tucked away behind Abbottsford Convent by the Yarra River. A picturesque little farm, filled with rolling hills, green fields and eucalypt trees as a beautiful backdrop. It’s hard to believe a piece of Australian countryside could be preserved in the heart of urbanised Melbourne. Although a small farm in size with your standard stock of farm animals - sheep, goat, pigs, horses, cows, ducks and chicken, it allows for a unique hands on experience, as guests are able to enter animal pens and interact with the animals (such as feeding/patting and milking cows).
After exploring the open space of land, visitors can opt for lunch/dinner at the nearby Farm café (which sources 100% organic produce) or if you’re pressed for money – the fate of many Uni students like myself – dinner at Lentils is the way to go. Lentils As Anything is a not-for-profit organisation supplying food sourced from the Collingwood farm (local and organic) served fresh in a buffet style manner.
Payment is wholly replied upon by it’s guests as there are no fixed prices on meals – guests are expected to ‘’pay what they feel like’’ by dispensing an amount of their choice into a box in the dining room. And must I mention that the meals were absolute soul food – scrumptious and healthy!!!
Collingwood Children’s farm is open everyday of the year from 9.15am – 4:45pm.
Entry prices are fairly accessible – Child $4 (Conc. $3), Adult $8 (Conc. $5) and a Family consisting of 2 adults and up to 4 children $16 (Conc. $10)
At 10am and 4am the public can participate in cow milking (no bookings or extra fees required). Abbottsford Convent is easily accessible by either public transport or car.
Car: Roughly 4km from CBD. Melways reference 44 G5. Parking is free for first half hour, then from $2 for every hour after that. Cash or ETPOS payments are accepted.
Train: Get off at Victoria Park station on the Epping and Hurstbridge lines. Once on Johnston St, walk east (away from the City) for around 10 minutes to Clarke St. Turn right into Clarke Street and left into St Heliers St.
Bus: From the City- the 200, 201 and 207 depart from Melbourne Central/ Lonsdale St in the city, run along Lygon St, Elgin St then Johnston St. Stop at Clarke Street bus stop. Turn right at Clarke St then turn left into St Heliers St. This is the way I choose to travel as buses depart often from Lonsdale St. and the Clarke St. bus stop is literally 2 minutes away from the Convent.
Bike: Looking for a sustainable way to travel, or are you super keen on saving a few bucks on petrol/myki fares? The City of Yarra offers a scenic bike trail along the river to get to the Abbotsford Convent. To find a bike trail map check out their webpage - http://www.yarracity.vic.gov.au/Parking-roads-and-transport/Sustainable-transport/Bike-routes-and-maps/