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.
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.
Lakes and Walks
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.
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 little difficult to access in low water levels. Bank fishing is difficult in most conditions but is possible from a jetty near the boat ramp.
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.
Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail
The completed 34km Camperdown to Timboon trail is a wonderful family adventure, dotted with statuesque trestle bridges and spellbinding scenery. Construction to extend the trail to the coast at Port Campbell has commenced and is anticipated to be completed by December 2021.
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.
What to see & do
Ride With Us - Tours and Transport
Tours and private transport for lovers of nature, the outdoors and foodies of all ages. Servicing Timboon, Port Campbell, Cobden, Peterborough and the Great Ocean Road, Ride With Us offers...
Alderwood Speakers handcraft some of the most unique speakers in the world, right here in the South-West of Victoria.
Gourmet Rail Trail Ride, Ride With Us Timboon
Ride the beautiful Timboon to Camperdown Rail Trail and stop along the way for a gourmet picnic
Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill
Right here in the hinterland of the Great Ocean Road, using Australia's finest fibres, Great Ocean Road Woollen Mill create luxurious yarns and knitwear.
We are so much more than an Antique Centre.
Desire Body and Beauty
Desire Body and Beauty is a Beauty Salon located in Cobden, situated at 42A Victoria Street. Offering a variety of beauty treatments using only the highest quality of Australian products.
When you stay at Thommo's Hotel, you’ll enjoy a wide range of warm and welcoming facilities and services that are sure to help you relax.
Heytesbury House B&B
Heytesbury House Bed and Breakfast, is the dream escape away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Relax, unwind and inhale the beauty of all that nature has to offer.
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.
Whether you prefer the bustling bar and bistro, the historic dining room, or the fresh air of the beer garden, the chefs at Thommo's Hotel chefs will serve you up...
Cobden Bakery is open seven days a week, offering a range of hot and cold food, cakes, drinks and coffee.
Lake Edge Cafe
Fully Licensed Café open Wednesday to Sunday, situated on the edge of picturesque Lake Purrumbete.
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.