Cruden Farm

Langwarrin, VIC, 3910

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Cruden Farm is the beloved former home of Dame Elisabeth Murdoch. More than eighty years in the making and the heart of a working farm, the garden has been carefully shaped and loved by Dame Elisabeth, and for over 45 years - Michael Morrison. From the iconic lemon-scented gum drive through to the scented Picking Garden and Ornamental Lake, Cruden Farm offers an escape from surrounding suburbia.

Special Event Dates

Sunday, 27 January 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM
Sunday, 24 February 2019 10:00AM - 4:00PM

Opening Times

GARDEN WANDERS - Cruden Farm is open throughout the week from Monday to Thursday, 10.00am - 4.00pm, and we welcome visitors (at $20.00 per head) to meander around the magnificent property and enjoy the fruits of Dame Elisabeth's 80 years of horticultural works. Please ring us in advance and let us know when you are coming, so we can welcome you. Telephone - (03) 9789 1676
OPEN DAYS WITH GUIDED TOURS - Open for Guided Tours on some Sundays as per listed Special Event dates.

Entry Fee: $20

$35 per person for Garden Entry + Tour (Bookings essential) via website - or call (03) 9789 1676
$20 per person Garden Entry only
Children under 14 years FREE

Tours commence at 10am Gates open 9:30
Entry via Cranhaven Drive - farm gate opposite house number 10

No Pets allowed

Warning: Water in the garden, Uneven surfaces, Trip hazards

Location & Contact Info

  • 60 Cranbourne Road
  • Langwarrin, VIC, 3910

Local Climate Zone: 10 - Mediteranean

Summer avg. Max: 24°C Winter avg. Min: 6°C
Avg Frost Days:3
Annual Rainfall avg: 831mm. Summer avg. 160mm.
No. of rainy days: 54 Winter avg. 241mm.

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Garden Guide

Cruden Farm, consisting of some 90 acres of old orchards and farming land, was acquired by Sir Keith Murdoch in 1928, and over the years the adjoining property of 45 acres has been added. The original cottage was of no particular merit. The garden wa ...


Open Days at Cruden Farm offer a very relaxed and friendly Sunday experience. 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. You can pre-book a detailed garden tour or just bring a picnic and wander through Cruden Farm between 10.00am and 4.00pm on any Open Day. (Pre-paid Garden Entry + Guided Tour $35.00 pp, or Garden Entry $20.00 pp).  More Info »

Visitor Comments

Wonderful place to visit and enjoy beautiful gardens lake and ducks farm make this a thoroughly enchanting and relaxing day for all ages.
Lorraine - April 2018
A wonderful garden to visit - I especially love the old walled gardens, the huge old trees screening the house in the big turning circle, and the curving drive with its lemon-scented gums - all originally the work of noted landscape designer Edna Walling around 1930.
Freya - April 2018
This website prompted me to fulfill a long standing desire to visit Cruden Farm on a trip to Melbourne in January 2017. It was a real pleasure to spend time strolling through the beautiful and peaceful surrounds of this significant family estate. Highly recommended. Alida
Alida - February 2017
What a beautiful garden to visit - such a tribute to Dame Elizabeth Murdoch. Enjoy!
Betty - September 2015
Most beautiful garden and so close to Melbourne
Judy - January 2015

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