The fertile volcanic plains just north of the 12 Apostles Coastline host one of the most productive dairy farming regions in Australia

Meet the locals in the "Dairy Heartland"

Whilst Cobden’s claim as the worlds ‘Dairy Capital’ may not be an official statistic, the 140,000 head of cattle and Australia’s largest dairy drying plant provide significant evidence. Cobden, located within the prosperous soils of the Crater and Lakes District is situated 30 minutes north of the Great Ocean Road (closest coastal town is Port Campbell) and 2.5 hours from Melbourne. Like many of the neighbouring towns, Cobden is rich in natural and colonial history. More unique to Cobden are the numerous ways to explore these assets. Explore the town’s agricultural history at the Pioneer Dairy Park, Historical Society and Miniature Railway. These parks are open to public on the third Sunday of each month, providing plenty of fun and family friendly activities

12 Apostles Gourmet Trail

The 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail extends north of the coast in the direction of Cobden.The 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail gives visitors the chance to experience several amazing food and wine destinations along the spectacular coast and scattered amongst the inland crater country. Include a visit as part of your journey, it will be a day to remember!

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Swing and Swerve.

The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail snakes its way around our magnificent 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.

Cobden is the half way point of the ride, giving visitors the option to heading north through Camperdown’s crater lakes or south along the old rail sleepers and trestle bridges to Timboon.

The completed Camperdown to Timboon trail is 40km in length, with a gentle, family friendly gradient. The trail is dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery. Riders and walkers traverse volcanic features listed in Kanawinka Global Geopark, farmland, wooded grassland and tall wet forest on descent into the wooded Timboon valley.

The trail provides an important connective corridor for native animals. The relationship between native wildlife and the trail is creatively interpreted by a display housed in the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery. This building along with the old ticket office forms the southern terminus of stage 1 of the trail.

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