Experience real country hospitality just a stone's throw from the coastal attractions.
Meet the locals in our dairy heartland
Cobden is the home of Western Star Butter an iconic Australian brand that has been made with the same fresh local ingredients for 100 years. The town is surrounded by the rolling hills and volcanic lakes that commence just north of the coast, located just 30 minutes north of the Great Ocean Road and 2.5 hours from Melbourne via the Princes Hwy Cobden is an ideal base for a Great Ocean Road adventure.
Cobden's significant "making" history can also be enjoyed at the wonderful Pioneer Dairy Park whose opening times co-incide with it's neighbor the iconic Cobden Miniature Railway on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Cobden's unique history as the "making centre" of one of Australia's most productive dairy regions is one of the subjects interpreted in a series of storyboards around town that share the unique "Cobden Story."
Visitors can stroll around town reading interesting snippets of history that provide insight into a town that is built on community and honors the efforts of those that have contributed to its successes and progress.
Walk from sign to sign in key areas or pick up a brochure from the Cobden Visitor Information Centre to make sure you see them all.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail snakes its way through our golf course on it's 34 km journey from Camperdown to Timboon. Make sure you pack your bikes and golf clubs or hire them when you are here. You could start your trail adventure in Cobden and cycle south along the old rail sleepers and trestle bridges towards Timboon or north for spectacular views of Lake Bullen Merri on the way north.
Make sure you head into town for tasty treats and freshly ground coffee from a host of local businesses including Makkan Cafesserie, Cobden Bakery, Blue Wren Cafe, Cobden Sweets and Gifts, Sarenity Cafe or Cobden Roadhouse next to Cobden Visitor Information Centre.
12 Apostles Gourmet Trail
The fertile soil and quality produce of the volcanic hills and plains that surround Cobden have attracted a group of talented artisan producers that can be visited at nearby farmgates and cellar doors.
The 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail extends north of the coast from Princetown and Port Campbell towards Cobden. Be sure to look for Aldo's Olives products in town and at cellar doors on the trail. Why not book a weekend in Cobden and take in some gourmet stops on route to the 12 Apostles? Still hungry after some coastal walks then call into Timboon on the way back from London Bridge before returning to the comforts of your Cobden Accommodation.
If foraging for tasty treats isn't your thing we suggest you should ask a local for some tips and try and catch your own. Cobden is central to some high quality stocked fishing lakes including Lake Elingamite, Lake Bullen Merri, Lake Purrumbete and even Cobden Lake right in the heart of town. Now one has to think that local fishing must be good with a local angling club that has been in existence for 91 years!
Species targeted by local and visiting anglers include trout and chinook salmon which are excellent table fish. Fishing by boat and bank is possible and trophy fish are regularly caught.
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill
We are a family operated business which is passionate about Australian fibre.
Cobden Lake is fed by Cobden Creek and has a paved walk and viewing platforms around it's circumference. Visitors can enjoy reflections from and enjoy the shade of the many mature trees and picnic tables in the surrounding parkland.
Cobden VIC 3266 (Visitor Information Centre)
For the best advice on what to see and do and where to stay and eat in Cobden be sure to call into Cobden VIC 3266 located conveniently in the BP Service Station on the Camperdown - Cobden Road.
Cobden Miniature Railway and Mini Golf Park
Cobden Miniature Railway Park provides miniature train rides, 18 hole Mini Golf, canteen, children's playground and barbecue facilities.
The crater rim above the lake offers great views and a strong impression of the volcanic nature of the lake. There is a boat ramp and jetty which can be a...
The Cobden Story
The Cobden Story is a series of signs that interpret key buildings, people and places around town. Pick up a brochure from the Cobden Visitor Information Centre to make sure you see them all.
Cobden Pioneer Park
Cobden Pioneer Park is open to the public on the third Sunday of each month from 11am to 4pm. It is also available for hire for special events. Featuring the exceptional Harold Lamb vintage buggy and carriage collection.
Lake Purrumbete is an attractive volcanic lake that fishes well for trout and chinook salmon. With an average depth of 45m and a maximum depth of 60m it offers good angling opportunities from bank and boat.
Tandarook Botanic Gardens
Tandarook Botanic Gardens established in 1981 are located in a part of town and on a property that has had many uses.
Heytesbury House B&B
Welcome to Heytesbury House Bed and Breakfast, your dream escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
Cobden and surrounds events
Plain Speaking - 2017 NAIDOC week celebrations
Connecting community and culture to country and the Victorian volcanic plains. Mt Leura - Camperdown and Mt Elephant - Derrinallum
CopRice Cobden Spring Festival
Celebrate Community is the theme of the CopRice Cobden Spring Festival
Lakes & Craters International Horse Trials
Presenting two primary horse trail events in April and December, the Trials are an elite level competition that attracts Olympic winners and hopefuls.