The 11 cutest photos we took at the Collingwood Children's Farm

We spent a spring afternoon with the lambs, kids and calves and lost our minds a little bit…
By Meg Crawford |
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It’s a stone’s throw from Hoddle Street in Abbotsford, but a trip to the Collingwood Children’s Farm feels like a proper country holiday. The farmers’ gardens are on the perimeter, the Yarra River runs beneath the property, the gothic Abbotsford Convent overlooks the farm and happy, healthy animals roam the verdant pastures.

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Lambs go for a walk at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Visiting the farm is always good for the soul, but no more so than in spring. Just try being miserable watching those little lamby legs...

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A lamb at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

...or looking into a little woolly face.

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Tocky the cow at Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Established in 1979, the aim of the CCF was always to bring a hands-on, rural experience to city-dwellers. It doesn't get much more interactive than helping to milk Tocky, the nine-year-old dairy short-horn cow, twice daily.

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Tocky the cow being milked at Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Tocky is gentle, and children are welcome to have a go in the milking shed.

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A mother goat and her kids at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

While you’re in the shed, say hello to the silky-soft new kids and their watchful mum.

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Baby goats at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

On the left is Feta and on the right is Fromage. Aren't they just adorable?

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A baby calf being fed at Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

Tocky’s milk is used to bottle-feed calves, like little Lamington here…

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A cat feeding at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

…but not before the farm cat has his turn (every afternoon apparently. What a nice life).

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Woman walking cow at Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

At the day’s close, farmer Anita walks Tocky back down to her field via the Capital City Trail. Many joggers stop for a quick pat…

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A woman cuddles a baby goat at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

…but you’ll have to pay a small entrance fee to get a cuddle from little Feta here.

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A lamb at the Collingwood Children's Farm
Photograph: Vince Caligiuri

All proceeds go back to the upkeep of the farm, which means that there’ll always be a place to get your cute animal fix. You're welcome.

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Bringing the country to the city, the Collingwood Children’s Farm gives urban kids a chance to give farming life a go. You can milk the cows, feed the chooks, ride a pony or play with the baby lambs.

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