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Victorian Community Places


CERES (the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies) is a community environment project located beside the Merri Creek in Brunswick. CERES is also the name of the Roman Goddess for agriculture.

CERES aims to foster awareness and action on environmental and social issues affecting urban areas. The site has displays and functional demonstrations on a range of environmental issues to show just what can be achieved at household, community and global levels.

Royal Botanic Garden Melbourne -
The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden

With increasing urbanisation and higher density living, there are reduced chances for children to venture outdoors and explore, experience and enjoy the natural world.

The Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne has created a natural experience for children that will inspire happy memories and develop a life-long appreciation and interest in plants and gardens.

The Ian Potter Foundation Children’s Garden is a magical place where children are able to dig, build, create, hide and explore as part of their everyday learning about themselves and their place in the world.

Collingwood Children’s Farm and Abbotsford Convent

Established in 1979 the Collingwood Children's Farm is a not-for-profit community resource providing country experiences for city people.

Open every day of the year. Visitors can milk the cow at 10am and 4pm, bottle feed young lambs (seasonal), wander around, feed the animals, help with farm chores, go into the paddocks with the sheep and goats, cuddle a guinea pig, waddle with the ducks, feed the chooks, look for eggs or just sit and unwind under a shady tree or on the banks of the Yarra river.

The Abbotsford Convent is an extraordinary place and is fast becoming an important arts, educational and cultural precinct in Melbourne. The convent consits of 11 historic buildings and gardens spread over 6.8 hectares in a sweeping bend in the Yarra River. Located right next to the Collingwood Children’s Farm and Yarra Bend Park


Bundoora Park - Children’s Farm

Bundoora Park provides a wealth of activities and experiences for all the family. Escape for an hour or a day and enjoy a wide range of activities in Cooper’s Settlement. Bundoora Park is one of the largest parks in the Northern suburbs - 15 kilometres from the centre of Melbourne. When you visit the Settlement you can experience a variety of activities that children will want to revisit and families will enjoy together.The farm animals are always keen for visitors. Come to feed the animals, take a pony out for a ride and enjoy the athmosphere.