visitor information

CERES operates across four locations in the inner northern suburbs of Melbourne. Our park in Brunswick East is a public space that is free to visit. See our other locations below.

Opening hours across the festive season

Please see when our enterprises are open over the festive season, as many take a well-deserved rest.

CERES Nursery & Bookstore 
Last day of trade: 24/12/22
First day of trade: 3/1/23

CERES Grocery & Bakery
Last day of trade: 24/12/22
First day of trade:5/1/23

CERES Merri Cafe
Last day of trade: 22/12/22
First day of trade: 17/1/23

CERES Visitor Centre 
Last day of trade: 24/12/22
First day of trade: 3/1/23

School of Nature & Climate – Adult Learning
Last day of trade: 21/12/22
First day of trade: 3/1/23

CERES Fair Food
Last day of trade: 24/12/22
First day of trade: 5/1/23

CERES Fair Wood
Last day of trade: 23/12/22
First day of trade: 9/1/23

CERES Joes Market Garden
OPEN throughout the festive season

The Bike Shed
Last day of trade: 17/12/22
First day of trade: 3/1/23

Makers and Flea Market 
Last day of trade: 17/12/22
First day of trade:21/1/23

CERES Brunswick East

Located adjacent to the Merri Creek on Wurundjeri land in Melbourne’s inner north, CERES Brunswick East is a unique 4.5-hectare park featuring a Nursery & Bookstore, Organic Grocery & Bakery, the Merri Cafe, Honey Lane Market Garden, and Terra Wonder Playspace.

There are over 200 chooks that free-range in their chook haven, a dam that provides habitat for local wildlife, a Community Garden, Meditation Garden, spaces for hire, and green spaces to relax with friends. 

Veggie patch, people walking, greenery

Bike or Walk

The Merri Creek bike path runs along the edge of CERES, so it’s very accessible for walkers and cyclists. You can enter via the gate closest to the Blyth St/Arthurton Road bridge in Brunswick East. Simply follow the green council signs along the path to CERES. The Merri Creek Bike Path also connects to the Capital City Trail.

Public Transport

Take the Number 96 tram to East Brunswick from the city (from Bourke St, travelling up Nicholson St) to Blyth Street, which is the last stop. CERES is about a 2 minute walk east from the tram stop. Turn right down Stewart St – CERES’ main entrance will be right in front of you, as Stewart St turns the corner and becomes Roberts St. The school’s entrance is further along Roberts St – enter via Lee St.

Northcote, Anstey and Brunswick Railway Stations are the closest to CERES. Take connection buses such as the 508 from Northcote or Brunswick stations or the 503 from Anstey station and you will be a short 2 minute walk from CERES.

For more public transport details check out the Public Transport Victoria website.

Parking is free within the Brunswick East park.

There are 54 spaces available within the park itself. These can be accessed via the main gate off Stewart Street.

More parking is available on Stewart and Roberts Streets, and paid parking at the Cretan Brotherhood carpark on the corner of Nicholson and Stewart Streets.

CERES is wheelchair accessible.

The Merri Cafe and CERES Nursery are well positioned for access by wheelchair from the main carpark.

There are two carparks designated as accessible parking, and two accessible bathrooms located in the main buildings of the entry courtyard. Please see more detail on the map at this link.

Note: The CERES Grocery & Bakery is accessed via a sloping path, followed by a lightly gravelled courtyard. Assistance may be required at these points.

CERES is a unique landmark, and popular as a backdrop for music videos, television shows, fashion shoots, and student projects. It features an urban farm, community gardens, lush outdoor spaces, unusual buildings and habitat for wildlife. We have four hectares of land on the main CERES site, plus another hectare at Joe’s Garden approximately one kilometre north along the Merri Creek.

Filming and photography requests can be made via the form on this page: Filming and Photography at CERES.

Other Locations
Joe's Market Garden
CERES Fair Food
CERES Fair Wood

CONTACT

CERES Visitor Centre
Call

(03) 9389 0100

Email

ceres@ceres.org.au

Visitor Centre opening hours

Monday – Sunday:
9.00am – 12.30pm

Find out more

B.B.
06:13 19 Sep 22
I'm a regular visitor of Ceres Community Park and love the nature of this Park and the gardens.Including information about nature, water facilities, gardening and maintenance. There is a nursery and 2 beautiful cafes. Opportunities for voluntary work as well.
Steven HallamSteven Hallam
03:28 01 Sep 22
This place is a quirky blend of environmentalism and aesthetic natural surroundings. It is rustic, authentic and functions as a powerful education centre for Melbourne. While not slick, it models possibilities of land use and what educational spaces could resemble for other communities with like passions and vision. Serving school groups and open to general public. To be honest, I've just scratched the surface.
Mahin RahmanMahin Rahman
22:00 11 Aug 22
Amazing place for a day out. There's hidden cafes, community garden, and amazing bike paths for you to explore. If it's a sunny day and you've got good company, this place is a must visit.
MichaelMichael
09:30 02 Aug 22
A quality little park and community area to explore. The overgrown old tram was beautiful. Lots of stuff for the kids to explore. Big playground and mountain to climb. The eco cafe/shop was a little over priced but they have some good stuff and the coffee was tasty. Toilets and parking available.
James NeillJames Neill
00:04 01 Aug 22
Excellence example of a community-run urban city farm. Lots of funky little buildings, spaces, and plantings etc. Visit, experience, and learn.Book shop, nursery, cafe/restaurant and produce shop on site.
Dale ProposchDale Proposch
01:23 04 Jul 22
Great atmosphere. Lovely organic place. Something for everyone. Prices are a bit high in grocery and cafe, but all organic stuff are these days.
Aimee WilliamsAimee Williams
08:07 30 Jun 22
Such a pretty natural space in an urban environment. Cafes are lovely with delicious food. Our babies loved having fun in the gardens.
JASON OVERFORSJASON OVERFORS
02:40 29 Jun 22
Took a cheese making course with my wife here. Janet was fantastic. Her course was fun and gave me the knowledge to start making my own cheese at home. My wife and I had a great time and will definitely be back for more courses in the future. If you're looking for a great gift idea or just want to have a bite to eat CERES Community Environment Park is your place to be.
R FR F
06:24 18 May 22
Lovely to wander around, so peaceful and tranquil. Nursery is a delight, with a great range of plants. A must to consider when doing the rounds of neighbourhood nurseries!
Lauris JonesLauris Jones
08:37 26 Apr 22
Always a relaxed and interesting place to pass some time. Stopped by the Cafe for a snack after visiting the nursery and ordered, by phone app at the table, and ordered a chai latte and vegetable slice. Service was quick and friendly even though they had a sign up they were short staffed. Worth a visit.
Lalla StewartLalla Stewart
03:14 30 Mar 22
One of my 'Melbourne Happy Places'. You can always find a quiet spot to reflect, a community with which to engage, a playground for the kids or a delicious bite to eat in the cafe or from the fruit m vege hut.Ceres, you've been here for forever it seems but you seem to get better and better. See you again soon.
Graham FinchGraham Finch
08:09 05 Sep 20
Great for a lazy Sunday with the kids.
Tomek AtanasowTomek Atanasow
20:21 19 Aug 20
Great soup at the cafe. Beautiful intergration of garden principals . I would love to come back here, and attend the cycle restoration workshop. If you walk just up the side of the hill a little, you’ll see one of the most magnificent fig trees.
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