Great Ocean Road VIC Paddock to plate farm tour

Great Ocean Road

Experience the Great Ocean Road with a dairy difference. Visit unique dairy destinations to experience and enjoy the local industry and its produce. With plenty of places to stay along the way, the Great Ocean Road itinerary is an unmissable adventure on the south-west coast of Victoria.

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Dairy Destination Experiences: Great Ocean Road Paddock2Plate Farm Tour, The Fat Cow, Timboon Fine Ice Cream, Tmboon Cheesery Apostle Whey Cheese Dooleys Ice Cream Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery Platypi Chocolate
Where to stay: Bellevue Farmstay, Sea Glimpse Farmstay Lake Purrumbete Cottages High View Family Cottages Auburnvale Cottage Farmstay Merrijig Inn


Dairy Destination Experiences

Great Ocean Road Paddock2Plate Farm Tour

Take a taste of farming life on the Great Ocean Road Paddock2Plate tour. Based on a working, family-owned dairy farm at Glenfyne in south-west Victoria, just inland from the Great Ocean Road, Great Ocean Road Paddock2Plate tour is a chance to get a glimpse into the life of a modern dairy farming family, from the kitchen to the paddock to the dairy and back.

Experience the seasonal activities of the farm first-hand and get an insight into the animals, the people, the machinery, and the land which create a successful dairy farm business.

The tour features butter and scone making, a light lunch featuring local artisan products, a guided farm walk with an experienced dairy farmer, afternoon tea and an introduction to milking.

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The Fat Cow

The Fat Cow is a relaxed café, food store and catering business, located in the picturesque town of Timboon. It has established itself as a meeting place for locals and tourists alike. The ethos of the food is simple – it’s wholesome, it’s fresh and it’s all made here!

The Fat Cow prides itself on only using quality ingredients, with food cooked daily on the premises. The breakfast and lunch menus include favourites such as the Fat Cow pies, veggie frittata and burgers, whilst the ever-changing specials board lists seasonal offerings and modern flavour combinations. You can also grab a delicious coffee or smoothie with your meal, made with locally produced milk.

For more information, please visit The Fat Cow.

Timboon Fine Ice Cream

Timboon Fine Ice Cream is farm fresh, locally made, and delicious, churned with milk direct from the neighbour’s farm and cream from the local dairy. Pop in for a tasty treat or stick around for a while longer on a Sunday for the Sundae School ‘Learn and Churn’ Ice Cream Experience. Round off your visit with a trip to the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery for a whiskey tasting before you make your way to your next dairy destination. For more information, please visit Timboon Fine Ice Cream.


Tmboon Cheesery

Timboon Cheesery is home to farmhouse cheese made by fourth-generation dairy processors and cheesemakers.

At Timboon Cheesery you can also enjoy a country lunch in the picturesque cottage gardens and watch the farm animals go about their day in the nearby paddocks.

Timboon Cheesery offers tastings of their unique range of award-winning specialty cheeses, including Havarti, brie style, gourmet fetta and Quark, that you can take home with you.

For more information, please visit Timboon Cheesery.

Apostle Whey Cheese

Apostle Whey Cheese is home to award-winning, delectable hand-made cheese. This paddock to plate operation means that all cheeses are made from pure milk which has been produced by their own specially bred herd of Aussie Red/Jerseys.

Dairy Farmers Julian and Dianne Benson launched Apostle Whey Cheese in October 2005, and since then, has become a labour of love that combines their two passions – sustainable farming and boutique, artisan produce.

Apostle Whey Cheese provides visitors with a unique experience where they can see all aspects of operation, from the cows being milked at 4pm daily, right though to cheeses being made by hand.

Enjoy free daily cheese tastings with onsite sales and refreshments available, complete with a stunning view over the farm. Visit in March, April, July, August or September for a chance to meet newborn calves!

For more information, please visit Apostle Whey Cheese.

Dooleys Ice Cream

Dooleys multi-award-winning ice cream is made with premium quality produce in Apollo Bay, with a mission of spreading the love of incredible ice cream using the finest ingredients.

Enjoy an ice-cream scoop, milkshake or sundae along the beach coast of Apollo Bay.

For more information, please visit Dooleys Ice Cream.


Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery will be the sweetest stop on your dairy itinerary. Explore the spectacular showroom of handcrafted chocolates and artisan ice-creams and enjoy daily guided chocolate tasting sessions. The all-day café also offers an irresistible seasonal menu of breakfast delights, lunches and specialty desserts. Book ahead for group tastings, tours, junior chocolatier classes and kids parties.

For more information, please visit Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery.

Platypi Chocolate

Sit amongst the trees as you taste the fantastic seasonal country menu and artisan chocolates on offer at Platypi Chocolate. Spoil yourself with a deconstructed hot chocolate in one of seven flavours, the Platypi Chocolate signature experience. The café has an amazing range of chocolates and savoury options available, all made on site with a variety of natural flavours to choose from. You won’t be leaving empty handed, with an incredible selection of take-home treats and gifts available, including artisan blocks and bars, chocolate covered nuts and berries, and even a 100% edible chocolate frame and picture.

For more information, please visit Platypi Chocolate.

Where to stay

Bellevue Farmstay

Nestled in a hillside at Scott’s Creek, Bellevue Farmstay boasts picturesque views from each and every room. Bellevue Farmstay is a self-contained farmhouse on a working farm with three bedrooms, a large lounge, family rooms and dining, complete with a fully equipped kitchen and cosy wood-burning heater.

Join hosts Wendy and Warren Couch, the fourth-generation owners of Bellevue, to enjoy the views and tranquillity of an authentic farmstay experience. The Bellevue family pets including a camel, horses, dogs, sheep and alpacas will give you the nature retreat of your dreams.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Airbnb.

Sea Glimpse Farmstay

Sea Glimpse Farmstay makes for the perfect base to explore the Great Ocean Road dairy destination. Enjoy all the sights, tastes, and sounds of the region by day, and relax on the Sea Glimpse back deck by night, taking in the peace and quiet serenity of the farmstay which is surrounded by 200 acres of working farmland. The property sleeps up to 10 guests, with three bedrooms, a fully self-contained kitchen and laundry, plus a BBQ!

Sea Glimpse is home to a flock of animals including camels, alpacas, goats, chickens and peacocks, as well as two donkeys named Georgia Girl and Pablo and not forgetting Ruby the Kangaroo.

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Lake Purrumbete Cottages

Relax and unwind at the Lake Purrumbete Cottages. Enjoy the rustic charm of one of three fully self-contained cottages, each with spectacular views of Lake Purrumbete.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Lake Purrumbete Cottages.

High View Family Cottages

High View Family Cottages offer a slice of paradise by the sea with the choice of Cottage and Lodge accommodation. Set high on the hills, High View Family Cottages overlook sand dunes, the ocean and Kelly’s swamp wetlands, with incredible views of Port Fairy. The whole family will enjoy exploring the 29-acre property, with the opportunity to visit the horses and ponies and even bring your own dog along for your stay.

For more information or to book your stay please visit High View Family Cottages.

Auburnvale Cottage Farmstay

Set on four acres of picturesque farm and bushland, Auburnvale Cottage is a beautifully renovated and pet-friendly farmstay experience. Enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside and enjoy the cottage breakfast hamper which includes farm fresh free-range eggs and honey from the property.

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Merrijig Inn

The oldest Inn in Victoria, Merrijig Inn is located in the heart of Port Fairy's historic village. The Merrijig Inn offers traditional bed and breakfast style accommodation with a very big serving of homely comforts. The restaurant, The Merrijig Kitchen, offers a daily written menu of seasonal fare, sourced, where possible from the south-west countryside. A well-crafted wine list features wine from local, regional and international winemakers, who craft their wines using biodynamic and organic practices.

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