Churchill Island Farm, Phillip Island
Churchill Island was once the home of a former Mayor of Melbourne, who built the home and many of the buildings in the 1870's.
The kitchen garden was a highlight, with fruit and vegetables growing all year round. A large tamarillo tree caught my eye, the fruit so shiny and bright they looked like they were masquerading as Easter Eggs.
The resident pig was also a fan and was fed a couple of them while we patted her. The lovely lady tending the garden kindly gave us two tamarillos to take home and try. All the staff were very friendly and informative both times we have visited the farm.
Many farming activities are carried out during the afternoon, such as Wagon Rides, Sheep Shearing, Working Dog trials and Whip Cracking.
The peacock, (I think his name is Gregory) had moulted most of his beautiful plumes this time, so here's a pic of him from our last visit - looking fabulous.
The farm is also home to a herd of West Highland Cattle - I'm sure their thick shaggy coats will be the envy of many during Winter.
The Cape Barren Goose can be found all over Phillip Island. Its ability to drink salt water makes island life a little easier for these big grey birds.
Walking tracks around the bushland and wetlands are great for bird and wildlife spotting.
What: Churchill Island Farm
Where: 246 Samuel Amess Drive, Churchill Island, Newhaven
When: Daily 10am - 5pm. Farm activities from 2pm.
Why: historical buildings, working farm, wildlife