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.
Haining Farm is a former dairy farm that has been transformed into a new public park providing essential conservation for two of Victoria’s most threatened species: the Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum and Helmeted Honeyeater. The park demonstrates a balance between conservation and bushfire prevention measures while providing community access and recreation.
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 Environment, Land, Water and Planning, 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
Cycling and horse riding
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 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.