Managed by Nillumbik Shire, Edendale Community Environment Farm provides an interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices. Apart from providing sustainable living education, centre also provides an opportunity for children to interact with farm animals.
One of the pioneer settlers of Eltham, Henry Stook purchased 51 acres of land from the Crown in 1852, which included the land where Edendale Community Environment Farm stands. It was sold to Thomas Cool, who was a manager at the Victorian Coffee Palace in Collin Street. Cool built the Homestead that still stands. The property changed many hands before it was sold to the Shire of Eltham in 1970. The Shire established an animal pound and a small nursery and later established the area as a Community farm for the local residents. Today the centre serves as a Community Environmental Education Centre and also features an indigenous plant nursery. Public can purchase seedlings and plants from the nursery.
The heritage homestead built by Thomas Cool was restored to the current state by funds from Heritage Victoria.
From 2011, Living & Learning Nillumbik began to run nationally-recognised children’s services courses from Edendale.
The farm has sheep, goats, cows, chicken, guinea pigs, turkey, geese and a pony. The farm offers wide range of activities and this is an excellent place for children to see farm animals up and close. Chook Food is available at the reception at a price of $1 per bag to feed the chickens and turkey.
The farm is Wheelchair friendly, Kids friendly and has plenty of parking.
Though the entry to the site is free, Gold coin donation is suggested to help the upkeep of the site and donation boxes are placed around the site. There is a Café on the site and Dogs are not allowed.
Address: 30 Gastons Road, Eltham VIC 3095
The details about the Farm can be found at their website: http://www.edendale.vic.gov.au
Opening hours: 9.30am – 4.30pm daily, except Christmas Day, Extreme and Code Red fire danger days.
How to reach
From Eltham the following buses routes have stops near the farm
578 Eltham to Warrandyte via Kangaroo Ground
579 Eltham to Warrandyte via Research – Warrandyte Road
582 Eltham to Research
580 Eltham to Eltham South.
Get the train to Eltham Station. From there you can either take a bus or walk a cool 30 minutes.
For discussion forum on Edendale Community Environment Farm, Click the link Below. Please share your experiences