Open Farm Day

Update 16 March 2020

Open Farm Day – Cancelled

Due to health concerns about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Australian Government has advised, effective from Monday 16 March, that organised, non-essential gatherings should be limited to 500 people.

As a result, Nillumbik Shire Council has made the decision to cancel Open Farm Day on Sunday 22 March 2020 and the preceding Open Farm Day Eve activities on Saturday 21 March 2020.

We understand this is disappointing and we apologise for any inconvenience.

Your health and wellbeing is important to us and we appreciate your patience during this time.


Open Farm Day is on on 21/22 March 2020. 

Participating farms and businesses across Nillumbik and Whittlesea will open their gates and show visitors what it is like farming in Melbourne's fringe. 

Follow on Facebook/OpenFarmDay for updates.

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a farmer or eat home-grown produce?

Nillumbik is home to a diverse mix of farms including fruit and veggie farms, livestock and animal farms, orchards and vineyards. Open Farm Day allows you to choose the farms you want to visit to make your own trail and experience:

Farm tours
Farm animals
Product tastings
and more…

Open Farm Day is an all-weather event so:

  • Wear appropriate clothing
  • Wear covered shoes on all farms
  • Supervise your children at all times
  • Leave your pets at home
  • Stick to designated visitor areas on farms
  • Fill your car up with fuel before you start your Open Farm Day trail.


And remember to:

  • Bring your camera.
  • Bring some cash to purchase some regional farm gate produce. (ATMs available at the Hurstbridge, Doreen and Mernda, and Kinglake branches of Bendigo Bank).
  • Take care; these are working farms, be careful around water bodies and farm equipment and abide by any farm signage
  • Drive safely. Some farms are located on single lane country roads – please be cautious
  • Parking may be limited on the property. If parking on the street/roadside please do so safely.

This event is great for families, groups and couples.