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Published August 20th 2018
Get out and about in the country this weekend
A day trip to a farm is a great way to relieve the stress of city life, get out and about in nature, and teach the kids about animals, plants and the natural environment. Here's five farms that welcome city folk, and all are within a few hours hours drive of Melbourne
Warrook Farm is in Monomeith, in South Gippsland at 4170 South Gippsland Highway. At this farm, you can milk cows, watch sheep shearing, and feed kangaroos. There is a country roast lunch in the homestead restaurant and a cafe with a menu that caters to kids and families. A great review is here. The farm is open from 10am to 4pm daily.
Gardenfarm is in East Gippsland (near Hiawatha) past Yarram. This is a great place for kids to see chickens, sheep, and cattle on a working farm. The farm also has ponds that encourage native birdlife, and ducks and geese roam around the area. More detail is available here. There are self-catering cottages if you want to stay longer. Gardenfarm are at 28 Dessents Road Hiawatha, and can be contacted on (03) 5185 1235.
The Fruits of Life are in Bacchus Marsh at number 411 on The Avenue Of Honour. The farm is known for their strawberries, although they produce a range of other fruits and vegetables as well. The farm has a shop, and a juice bar, so you can sample all the fresh produce. A review is here. Opening hours are 7.30am to 6pm weekdays, and until 5pm on weekends.
Heritage Farm are on the Mornington Peninsula at 1494 Stumpy Gully Rd in Moorooduc. This is the place to pick up fresh duck or chicken eggs, and the tour is an ideal way to learn about this working farm. Further details on the farm are here, and you can contact them on (03) 5978 8173.
Vistors at Heritage Farm. Credits: Heritage Farm instagram account
Wiggley Bottom Farm is in Badger Creek (past Healesville) at 49 Pine Avenue, and it's a welcoming place to see the resident geese, miniature goats, and native wildlife. This farm is right on the edge of the Yarra Valley, so there are some wineries to explore and stunning views. A review is here, and if it looks like you'll want to stay over, there are some accommodation options too. To make a booking, contact the owners on 0411 608 400.