The island is known as Moonar’mia by the Bunurong People, the Traditional Custodians of the area and their history dates back tens of thousands of years. As you wind your way across the bridge, you’ll be greeted by honking Cape Barren Geese, fossicking Purple Swamp Hens, and curious highland cattle relaxing in the grassy paddocks. Churchill Island has been a farm, a vegetable garden, and a summer retreat for the well-heeled since European settlement. The Victorian gardens are a legacy of this history and are lovingly tended to explore today. While in the farm precinct, try your hand at the daily heritage farming activities like sheep shearing, working dogs, cow milking, and whip cracking. Then take the walking track around the edge of the island to enjoy views of Western Port Bay.
Order a delicious farmhouse breakfast in the cafe from 9am on weekends and enjoy the peaceful views from the deck across to French Island. Or reward yourself with a coffee and cake any day of the week.