The Myuna Farm is a working community farm located at Doveton in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. This popular Melbourne attraction, managed by the City of Casey, offers hands-on contact with a variety of farm and wild animals. Its goal is to preserve the agricultural history of Casey and provide a refreshing way of educating people on farming processes, wildlife and a variety of sustainable activities.
Entry to the park differs depending on age and whether you’re coming alone or in a group. There is also an annual family membership fee for Casey residents, as well as for non-Casey residents.
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The land where the farm stands today used to belong to the Bunurong and Wurundjeri people. During the pre-colonial times, the Aboriginal people used the land as a red gum forest.
After the European settlers arrived, 121 acres of land belonged to Thomas Carroll’s estate. Arch Mckinnon, then, purchased the farm in 1932. His family built the current farmhouse and developed the property as the best practice model dairy in Australia.
In the 1950s, the Housing Commission bought the land from the Mckinnon. They created and developed the Doveton Eumemmerring housing estate to help support the local industry workers. The 50-acre farm we see today was set aside by the commission for the new local community.
Then, in 1984, the Friends of Myuna Farm opened the Myuna Community farm to the public. It saw rapid growth and in 1988, with funding from the Bicentennial Committee, a multipurpose pavilion was built.
The City of Berwick purchased Myuna Farm in 1990, but the City of Casey took charge in managing the farm after the amalgamation of the Berwick and Cranbourne councils in 1994.
More projects were built that helped ease the unemployed residents of the area. The farm received an award grant of $100,000 from the Sidney Myer Foundation for creating a long-term job scheme for the unemployed locals.
Even today, the farm continues to undergo developments. These include the creation of facilities that can host community functions like birthday parties, the Pioneer shed, the relocation of a 19th-century cottage from Harkaway and the Narre Warren Train Signal Box. Environmentally-friendly infrastructure is also being installed while educational programs and community services are being developed.
Things to Do in Myuna Farm
Greet and Meet the Animals
There are a lot of animals to see in the place. But what makes a trip to Myuna Farm more exciting is that visitors don’t just get to see the animals, they can touch, talk and interact with them. Specifically, at the Animal Display Centre, kids and adults can pat and cuddle with baby animals.
Visitors can also chat with Joey Davis the farm’s resident talking cockatoo. You can also see his other feathery friends in the farm’s aviary. Then after chatting with Davis, visitors can follow a walking trail around the paddocks and feed various farm animals. The farm also takes under its care some of the most iconic Australian native animals such as kangaroos, cockatoos and emus.
There’s also a reptile display where visitors can see creepy, crawly reptiles like snakes, lizards and turtles.
Ride the Farm Train
In the outer sections of the farm, visitors can ride a train and tour around the animal shelters and landscapes. The train ride leads to wetlands, which is an easy way to see the colony flying foxes located in the lower areas of the farm.
Ride a Pony
Aside from the train ride, little kids can also experience a pony ride for only $3 each.
Walk through the Wetlands
When you get to the wetlands, there’s a boardwalk constructed in the area for visitors. You can enjoy a tranquil walk around while enjoying the view of the native wildlife living around the area.
Play at the Playground and Maze
The farm also has a playground and a maze where kids can run around and enjoy themselves. Even adult visitors can enjoy the maze and the gardens around.
Set up a BBQ
There are designated areas for barbeque, which are free to use, by the family. The farm has no restrictions on outside food so visitors can bring and enjoy any delicious meal.
Have a Snack at The Myuna Farm Cafe
The Myuna Farm cafe is a family-run cafe located at the farm entrance. They serve barista-made coffee, home-cooked food, cakes and seasonal specials such as winter soups and summer salads. One of the popular meal they serve is the egg and bacon wrap breakfast meal.
Farm Venues and Facilities
The Myuna Farm has a total of eleven venues. These venues can be hired by outsiders for different events, gatherings and functions.
Myuna Farm Cottage
This cottage is a party room with a rustic, old-fashion look and feel. It can hold 15 – 25 per event and has key features such as a small fridge, a microwave and a pie warmer. The cottage also comes with a veranda where people can cook the barbeque.
If you want to hold your events outdoors but still prefers to have a shed in case it rains, the Gazebo is right for you. The farm has two gazebos – namely Gazebo 1 and Gazebo 3. They are located next to the pony ride and the playground.
Gazebo 1 can hold 10 – 20 people. While Gazebo 3 can hold up to 30 people. Their key features include tables and chairs, and a space for BBQ.
The Happy Yellow Room
The Happy Yellow Room is a spacious, well-ventilated indoor venue located in the Animal Display Centre. It has a capacity of 30 – 50 people per event. Its key features include a freezer/fridge, a microwave, a pie warmer, as well as tables and chairs for 50 people.
The Pavilion is a 45m x 20m wide shed that can be hired during weekends. It is spacious enough for jumping castles to fit in, as well as other fun activities. The Pavilion can hold up to 400 people, and it comes with tables and chairs, a barbeque area and. It can only be hired during weekends because the area is used for horse-riding on weekdays.
The Pioneer Shed
This is an indoor venue with concrete floors that can accommodate up to 100 people. Its key features include a small fridge, a microwave, a pie warmer, BBQ area, chairs and tables for 100 people.
There are four more other venues within the Myuna Farm. These are the Signal Box, the Snake Room, Undercover Area 1 and 2. For more information about their features and room capacity, as well as how to book a venue, you can visit Myuna Farm’s website.