Experience real country hospitality just a stone's throw from the coastal attractions.

How to get to Cobden

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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.

The Cobden Story

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.

Swing and Swerve

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.

Cheese tasting on the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail

More Hunter than gatherer?

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.  

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