Parks and Gardens

Cruden Farm is one of Victoria’s most exciting green spaces. It is a place of public recreation, located less than an hour from Melbourne. More than 80 years in the making and the heart of a working farm, the garden at Cruden Farm is a small piece of country set amid dense suburbia. It feels as if it will endure forever.

Strong, healthy trees of all ages and hues form its backbone and its character. Grass adds texture – emerald lawns, rough-cut swathes, paddocks bleached in the sun. Water in lakes and pools gives depth, dimension and sparkle. Exuberant flowering shrubs and perennials produce months of vibrant colour.

The property was left by Dame Elisabeth Murdoch for people to enjoy and consists of wondrous manicured gardens and peaceful walking areas, set amongst interesting bushland around the lake and the lagoon. The sights and scents at Cruden Farm alter dramatically throughout the seasons and there are many rare and old plants and trees to be discovered.

Visit Cruden Farm for a Garden Wander, organise a picnic with family and friends or book a Sunday Garden Tour (third Sunday of every month).


Carpark Coach Parking Family Friendly Kiosk Non Smoking Picnic Area Public Toilet Shop / Gift Shop

Disabled Assistance

Disabled access available


Visitor Information Centre


From AU$20.00

Over January 2021, the garden will be open from Wednesday to Sunday and closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. From February – December 2021, Cruden Farm welcomes visitors from Monday to Friday (excluding public holidays).

Across January and February, the fee for a garden wander has been discounted by 50%.

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