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 neighbour the iconic Cobden Miniature Railway on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
Swing & Swerve
The Camperdown - Cobden - Timboon Rail Trail winds its way through our golf course on its 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 Makan Cafesserie, Cobden Bakery, Blue Wren Cafe, 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.
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.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Cobden Golf Club
Come and have a hit of golf on the picturesque course- whether you are a novice or more experienced golfer you will be sure to enjoy the round.
Martins Timber & Hardware
With timber and hardware stores in both Timboon (4 Main St) and Cobden (40 Curdie St), Martins Timber & Hardware provide tourists with the perfect centre to meet their travel needs.
Ride With Us
Located in Timboon, just 15 minutes from the Great Ocean Road, Ride With Us offers a wide range of transport services, including local runs to tours and bicycle hire and taxis.
Cobden Miniature Railway & Mini Golf Park
Cobden's Miniature Railway Park features a 1.8 kilometres railway with bridges, tunnels, overpasses and lakes. It runs through a parkland environment, which was formerly part of the Cobden Racecourse.
Alderwood Speakers handcraft some of the most unique speakers in the world, right here in the South-West of Victoria.
EAT & DRINK
12 Apostles Food Artisans
The 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail gives visitors to the 12 Apostles Coast and Hinterland the chance to experience amazing artisan food and beverage destinations with gourmet cheese makers, single malt whisky, rich Timboon Ice Cream, chocolate, fudge, beer, olives and strawberries.
The Blue Wren
Stop into this unique boutique and café in the heart of Cobden. The Blue Wren serves take-away from the coffee window or why not stop in for longer.
Cobden Bakery is open seven days a week, offering a range of hot and cold food, cakes, drinks and coffee.