Kaye Roberts-Palmer is a local culture enthusiast and garden designer who loves all things green and groovy and getting out and about. Discover more of her ponderings at: www.bluebeegardendesign.com.au
Published May 21st 2015
Rejuvenate down at the farm
If you are up Philip Island way, the historic Churchill Island Heritage Farm and Homestead on the small 50.7 hectare Churchill Island is definitely worth a visit. There's a small bridge that connects it to Philip Island and once there, it's an easy walk around.
The homestead is a working historical farm that has been faithfully maintained from its beginnings as a European settlement in Victoria in 1850. There's a feeling of getting away from modern life and really enjoying a slower pace of life.
I'm always amazed how short people used to be as I bend through the narrow doorways of the historical buildings that still stand today and how they adapted to the harsh new Australian climate, with such things as cool boxes that were the ancient equivalent of fridges.
The gardens were the first European gardens in Victoria and have been maintained with traditional herbs and flowering plants that reflect the culinary and medicinal needs of the time.
I'm a sucker for happy, cute animals and the Churchill Island farm has them in abundance from chickens, guinea pigs, rabbits, grunting piggies to gorgeous Clydesdales and if you are looking for some excitement for the kids, there are daily farming activities at 2pm and 3.30pm.
If you get a little peckish in the fresh air here's an information centre with a café that also holds functions.
Stepping away from the homestead, the views here are spectacular with windswept rolling grasslands, dramatic twisted Moonah trees leading down to the silver waters of Western Port. I love these walks - I breath in the fresh air and rejuvenate ready for the working week.