Haining Farm


Haining Farm

Haining Farm is part of an Aboriginal cultural landscape in the traditional Country of the Wurundjeri Peoples. Parks Victoria respects the deep and continuing connection that Wurundjeri Traditional Owners have to these lands and waters, and we recognise their ongoing role in caring for Country.

After spending more than forty years as a commercial dairy farm, Haining Farm has recently been transformed into a new public park that will help to protect two of Victoria’s most threatened species: the Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater. It’s also a fantastic place to visit, with extensive walking tracks, wide open spaces, and a fascinating history.

The restoration of Haining Farm has been a collaborative project over many years involving Greening Australia, Zoos Victoria, CFA, the Department of Energy, Environment and Climate Action (DEECA), Melbourne Water and the community. Already an important conservation site for threatened species, Haining Farm will continue to develop over the next 5-10 years. Expect more visitor facilities like toilet blocks, a playground and picnic areas.

Haining Farm is excellent for wildlife-spotting. Already the park has an amazing diversity and abundance of wildlife including Wedge-tailed Eagles, many types of frogs and an array of reptiles. Precious populations of Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater, both faunal emblems of Victoria, will be gradually introduced into Haining Farm over the next decade.

Haining Farm also boasts both young and mature stands of eucalypts, which are particularly magnificent along the park’s two rivers. These are special habitats for the possums and honeyeaters who will make their homes here.

Walking tracks wind throughout the site with lovely glimpses of both the Don and Yarra Rivers. A ClimateWatch Trail takes you on an adventure to discover and record what plants and animals you see. Open grass areas are perfect for picnics and children can witness nature in action as this former dairy farm transforms into precious habitat.

This former dairy farm site is now a beautiful public park and an amazing visitor experience, providing the community with a valuable conservation asset and a place to spend time in nature. Easily accessible from Melbourne, this park is one you will want to visit often to watch the magic unfold. Haining Farm opened to the public in May 2021.

Things to do

River flowing between trees


Stroll along the walking tracks that weave through Haining Farm’s almost 60 hectares, and be rewarded with glimpses of the Don and Yarra Rivers.
Grassland and trees


Haining Farm has many open, grassy areas that are perfect for picnicking with the family.
Grass field with fenced off area.

Cycling and horse riding

Outside the fenced conservation area you’ll find opportunities to ride your bike or horse.

Flora and fauna

Haining Farm has both young and mature stands of eucalypts, with magnificent stands along the two rivers. Eucalyptus Camphora has specifically been planted in the nine artificial wetland cells to create future habitat for the Helmeted Honeyeaters and Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum.

In the future Haining Farm will be home to precious populations of two of Victoria’s faunal emblems, the Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater. These will be gradually introduced into Haining Farm over the next decade.

Already Haining Farm has an amazing diversity and abundance of wildlife including Wedge-tailed Eagles, many types of frogs and an array of reptiles.

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How to get there

Haining Farm

Haining Farm is in the beautiful Don Valley located at the corner of Don and Dalry Roads. If you’re coming from Melbourne, take the M3 west to Ringwood, follow State Route 34 to Lilydale, and take the Warburton Highway/B380 until you reach the Don Rd turnoff. Limited carparking is available off Dalry Road near the corner with Don Road.

When to go

Summer finds local animals taking advantage of the rivers and wetlands. Enjoy the lovely shade amongst the gum trees along some of the tracks.

Need to know

Haining Farm

Change of Conditions

Nature being nature, sometimes conditions can change at short notice. It’s a good idea to check this page ahead of your visit for any updates.

  • Haining Farm

    PARK CLOSURE 30-31st May

    Parks Victoria will be conducting the deer control operation inside the Haining Park Conservation Area using accredited and authorised shooters. Safety is of utmost importance to Parks Victoria. The program is conducted following comprehensive safety procedures and no-one is allowed on site during operations. Signs will be displayed at all official entrance points to the site when shooting is in progress and the pedestrian gates will be locked between 4 pm and 8 am. 
    We apologise for any inconvenience. For any questions, please contact 13 19 63. 

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