When it comes to tourism in Cardinia Shire, the northern hills region is probably the best known – even after the transition of Gumbuya Park to Gumbuya World – for places to go and things to see. This is something of a shame though, because the southern swamplands have a good number of things to see and do as well – other than being the world’s largest producer of asparagus and a major source of potatoes.
Caldermeade Farm and Cafe Jams and Chutneys
Caldermeade Farm and Cafe Goat
One of the longer-established attractions is Caldermeade Farm and Cafe, at number 4385 on the South Gippsland Highway, just south of Koo Wee Rup. The actual farm was established around 1875, and is (still) a fully commercial dairy, with a focus on entertaining and educating visitors.
Caldermeade Farm and Cafe Milking
A part of this includes the viewing of the daily milking of the cows from a viewing room overlooking the automated system, where 50 of the 400-ish Holsteins are milked at a time. If you would like to see this event, milking time is at 2:30pm daily. Additionally, a licensed cafe with both outdoor and indoor dining caters to a wide variety of tastes, with good old -fashioned country food and hospitality. And I can tell you, some of the food they serve is amazing!
Depending on the season, the animal nursery may be open, with baby animals available for petting. A range of locally made produce from soaps to beauty products are also available for purchase.
Dedicated group tours can be arranged by prior appointment.