Churchill Island, discovered in 1798 and the site of Victoria’s first European settlement. Churchill Island Heritage Farm covers 57 hectares and boasts a historic working farm complete with Clydesdale Horses, Highland Cattle, a new animal nursery, a new blacksmith shop and sheep shearing displays.
We were greeted by two magnificent peacocks as we entered the farm.
Adorable fluffy lambs in the animal nursery.
Exploring the old farm buildings.
Turkey. Turkey. Turkey. Turkey.
Picnic area with ducks as our companions.
We had our lunch at the Cafe, is pleasant and has spectacular bay views across Western Port. The portions were generous and food was delicious.
We enjoyed strolling through beautiful gardens including a lavender garden.
There is a walking track around the island which takes around 1.5 hours to explore and offers fantastic views of beautiful sceneries along the waterline, native flora, farm animals, and wild parrots.
Sheep - mother and baby.
Highland cattle were imported into Australia by various Scottish migrants in the middle of the nineteenth century. Samuel Amess, who made a fortune in the Victorian goldfields and became Mayor of Melbourne in 1869, kept a small fold of black Highland cattle on Churchill Island.
This post is one of an 11 part entry of our trip to Victoria, Australia.
See all the places we visited on this trip below:
- Dandenongs – Sherbrooke, Puffing Billy, Sassafras
- Geelong – Wool, Waterfronts, Bollards
- Great Ocean Road – Gibson Steps to Bay of Islands
- Great Ocean Road – Lorne, Apollo Bay, Cape Otway Lightstation
- Melbourne – Gardens, Aquarium, Gaol
- Melbourne – MCG, Yarra River, Southbank, St Kilda
- Melbourne – QVM, City Sights and Streets
- Mornington Peninsula – Dolphins, Mazes, Vinyards
- Phillip Island – Chocs, Koalas, Penguins, Nobbies
- Phillip Island – Churchill Island
- Yarra Valley – Healesville Sanctuary, Wine, Cheese