Melbourne : Collingwood Children’s Farm

One of the goals for our recent Melbourne trip is to visit farms. There are a few that we have shortlisted – Bundoora, Collingwood and Laurimar Glen farmstay. In the end, we settled for Collingwood Children’s Farm and we are glad that we did so!

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Collingwood Children’s Farm is an attraction spot that one has to visit if you are travelling with kids. It’s a taste of the country in the city and is accessible via the train (the farm is only 4km away from the city!)

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After alighting from the Collingwood station, the hubs used the GPS which led us to the farm after about a 20 minutes’ walk along the trail of the Yarra River. The farm is nestled in a bend of the the river, amongst the river red gum and paperbark trees and it was really delightful to be greeted by cyclists, runners and sheep (!) as we made our way to the farm.

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By the time we reached our destination,  our stomachs called out for food. Thankfully, there’s the Farm Cafe which serves really decent and healthy food. I had Green Eggs which is made of Broccoli and almond pesto, spinach, quinoa, herbs, poached eggs, parsley aioli and crispy
fried onions. The hubs had the Farmer’s Breakfast which is a sizable portion and no doubt delicious. We ordered the babyccino (made up of froth with chocolate powder on top) for Faith but she obviously didn’t want to even taste it! Grrrr!

Love these dishes and this experience has inspired me to make hearty breakfast when I get back home!

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It’s crowded that day and we had to wait for about 20 minutes for our meals and caffeine fix. Since we were not in any rush, it’s a great time to chill and people-watch and have fun with the kiddo! The farm seems like a hit with families with young children and the place is stroller-friendly too!

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You can get up close and personal with the typical farmyard animals and there are pony rides, tractor rides and cuddling of the guinea pigs, just to name a few activities. Every second Saturday of the month, the farm organises a farmer’s market selling fresh, seasonal fruit and vegetables, free range meat, ice-cream, honey, just to name a few. Aren’t you excited already? We didn’t get to enjoy it since we went on the first Saturday. ;(

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We spent some awesome few hours on the farm and the little one was intrigued by the farm animals.

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Near to the farm is The Abbotsford Convent where you will find more choices for food and drinks. There is also a garden nearby if you intend to have a picnic.

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And guess what we did when we returned to the hotel at the end of the day? Debrief Faith on the animals that she had seen on the farm! This is an educational trip no less! Hah!

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Melbourne: Things to do (for family)

Hi there! Our family just came back from cool Melbourne and I thought it would be useful to pen down some of the places we went and those that were recommended by friends who have been there.

It was the beginning of Winter in Melbourne (June) and we packed in warm clothing like down jackets (for Philip island), boots, and lots of heat tech tops from Uniqlo since we are often advised to layer and I don’t want myself to look like a penguin after all those layers. My Ugg boots still survived after these few years of being kept in the storeroom since we came back from Boston. Talk about quality! I regretted not bringing the stroller; this place is stroller-friendly! Nonetheless, we had an awesome time in Melbourne!

In planning the places to visit, we take into account the distance and whether our little bug would enjoy. We couldn’t cover as many places as I would love to but oh well…

1. Queen Victoria Market

How could you not visit this lovely market when you are in Melbourne? This is in fact our first stop upon arriving in Melbourne. After dropping our luggage at the hotel (too early to check in anyway), we walked to the market to have a cup of latte and a bratwurst from The Bratwurst Shop as recommended by friends. Yummy, I say! And I’m so jealous that the locals could enjoy such fresh produce! Just looking at the colouful fruits and veggies makes me happy! >> Spend a whole morning touring this large market and enjoy the many foods available! Note the opening hours.

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2. Visit a farm!

We visited the Collingwood Children’s Farm which is located within the city. Part of my goal for this trip is to get Faith to be close to the nature and the farmyard animals since she has often been reading about them at home. This one is great fun! Do take a break at the farm cafe as it provides healthy delicious food! Spend half a day here.

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You have to take a day trip out to Philip island because it is really worth visiting the penguins! The hubs and I booked a last minute day tour from this tour operator and we thoroughly enjoyed it. We travelled through the Gippsland region directly to Phillip Island and made our first stop at the Rhyll Trout & Bush Tucker Farm where we enjoyed a guided bush tucker tour and had our lunch. Then we meet the koalas at the Koala Conservation Centre before we proceeded to the delightful Phillip Island Winery. We also made a stop at Point Grant and The Nobbies where we enjoyed views over Westernport Bay and Bass Strait, including Seal Rocks, home to Australia’s largest population of fur seals. Lastly, it’s to the main attraction where we got up close to enjoy the Penguin Parade. It’s an amazing feeling, I assure you!

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4. Melbourne museum

This museum has stuff to cater to all age groups. We spent almost the whole day there, slowly savouring every bit of information that is on display. There is a children’s gallery for young kids and our little girl was just so entertained by every station. We had to drag her out of the gallery just so that we could continue with the rest of the exhibits. It’s truly a world-class museum, IMOH.

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5. Great Ocean Road

One has to visit the Great Ocean Road when in Melbourne, no? We took a one day tour for this but was told it would be easier and more relaxing if we could spend a night at one of the towns. Take it easy and enjoy the magnificent sight. It was a tad too packed an itinerary for us and we found ourselves fighting fatigue and couldn’t really enjoy the grandeur of the rock formation along the coastline.

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6. Royal Botanic Gardens

We love to get close to the nature and we have heard that this large garden is very well-kept. Even if we are not serious botanists, we found ourselves enjoying the slow walk among the fauna flora. A plus point is that there is a children’s garden too. Continue the walk through Alexandra Gardens and Queen Victoria Gardens and you will reach Federation Square in the end.

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7. City tour via the free city circle tram (route 35)

Melbourne is known for the maze of laneways that wind through the city. Start the day with a coffee at one of the many cafes hidden in Degraves Street and Flinders Lane. (Here is a list of lingo for ordering your favourite caffeine fix). Head to Bourke Street and Collins Street for the shopping and if you miss some Chinese food, there’s always the Chinatown! The Eureka Skydeck 88 is recommended if you want to overlook the entire city. We never made it there though. ;(

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8. St Kilda Beach 

I know it’s winter and it’s probably not the best time for a walk along the beach. But since we put up at a place near the area, we thought we should just head to the beach. I think it would be a worthwhile visit in summer.

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The days are short in winter with the sun setting around 5.30pm. We couldn’t do much then except to visit some of our friends. There are so many attractions that we have missed out like the Melbourne zoo and aquarium, Fitzroy, Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula which are recommended by friends. Of course, there are tons of other things to do in Melbourne but we just didn’t have enough time. We did have a very relaxing time and we are just contented that we have visited the above, considering the fact that we had a very young kid with us.

I will be blogging more in detail about some of the places that we have visited, just for memories’ sake. Those pictures need to be stored somewhere, ya?