Enjoy a relaxing stroll through the cottage gardens and lawns and experience a piece of Victoriaâ??s heritage on this historic island. Coastline walks offer magnificent views, while the restored farmhouse and cottages provide a glimpse into the past lives of early Australian settlers and past farming practices.
Staff at the entry had me waiting for around 5 minutes attending to who knows what, which isn't much fun when you have a squirmy toddler. The animals are great for little kids - there are sheep, cows, horses, chickens, a turkey, peacocks, a rabbit, a guinea pig, a couple of goats and ducks when we visited. There are also some wallabies in a large enclosure but in this area we were visciously attacked by mosquitoes. There are also some scheduled farm activities, however when we visited, they were only on in the afternoon and none in the morning which was a little disappointing. The gardens are also very lovely and plenty of views of the water surrounding the island.
We visited Churchill Island Heritage Farm during Australia Day when there was a Dinosaur Adventure holiday program in the farm, an added delight to the farm visit. There were free dinosaur-related kids activities and a few stalls. The wagon ride, cow milking, sheep sheering, whip cracking and the dog show are around one area, one after another which made it easy for everyone. The animals are adorable. Historical, educational and a few hands on experiences to be had, the farm shop has interesting goodies, and attached to it is a farm cafe which closes at 4:30pm. Despite the heat, our kid loved the farm very much.
I've been to Phillip Island many times and have never taken the turnoff to Churchill Island. We visited the Farmer's Market and was quite disappointed there were a small number of traders and some had already sold out their produce by 11am. All the same, discovered a wonderful artisan baker there!
Churchill Island Heritage Farm should be considered an unmissable part of your Phillip Island experience. After turning off at the sign post immediately after the Panny's Phillip Island Chocolate Factory (when traveling from the San Remo direction), the adventure is only just beginning. A long winding drive leads you over the single lane bridge joining Phillip and Churchill Island, and then further along the road, past bird life, ducks, cows and sheep (and if you are lucky - frolicking little lambs) - until you reach the visitor's car park. Along the way you are able to point out to your children the environmental replanting that is going on by Phillip Island Nature Reserve Staff and volunteers, and the mangroves aplenty, whilst discussing the role they play in our ecosystem. If you're not one for the heat, I would advise visiting the farm outside of summer, as we have spent time on the farm both in July and January, and found it not quite as enjoyable in the heat. Churchillread more