Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

Shepherds Flat, VIC, 3461

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When you cross the ford, park your car and walk toward the Barn, you're greeted with acres of sprawling gardens, majestic trees and historic stone buildings. Every season reveals Lavandula Farm in a different light: autumn turns the leaves ruby and gold; winter brings rain that fills the creek; spring delivers an endless chorus of flowers and birdsong; and summer is all about lavender. European style gardens were planted out to frame and meander around the original stone buildings.

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Lavandula's Festivals

Lavandula's festivals continue the Swiss Italian tradition of welcoming the seasons with song, dance and Italian food amongst great family and friends.

Or, join one of the tours of the original stone farmhouse. The original 1850s golden stone buildings emerge from amongst European-style gardens that freely ramble almost as far as the eye can see. The aroma of our wood-fired oven will help lead you to rolling lawns where performers celebrate the new seasons.

See our website for full details.
Lavender Harvest Festival - Sun 13th Jan 2019
Autumn Harvest Festival - Sun 19th May 2019

Special Event Dates

Monday, 20 May 2019 10:00AM - 5:00PM

Opening Times

Normally Gates open 10:30 to 17:30
Spring, summer and autumn: open every day, except Wednesday and Thursday
Winter: only open weekends
We're open every day during school and public holidays
Check our website for our annual Festival dates
Closed 23-26th December

Entry Fee: $4

La Primavera, Harvest Festival $6 and $2 children.
At other times Standard adult entry $4
School-aged children entry price is $1
Dogs welcome on leash
Yearly membership available for $12

Warning: Uneven surfaces

Location & Contact Info

  • 350 Hepburn Newstead Road
  • Shepherds Flat, VIC, 3461

Local Climate Zone: 9 - Cool Temperate

Summer avg. Max: 25°C Winter avg. Min: 3°C
Avg Frost Days:58
Annual Rainfall avg: 831mm. Summer avg. 139mm.
No. of rainy days: 58 Winter avg. 281mm.

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Garden Guide

Ten minutes North of Daylesford, Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm is an iconic property nestled among the rolling hills of Shepherds Flat. The 100 acre property was once farmed by Swiss-Italians, who came to Australia in the 1850s looking for new opportu ...

Historic Stone Buildings

The farm was originally operated by a Swiss-Italian family, who came here in search of gold but stayed to farm. The Tinetti's ran their dairy farm from 1860 until about 1975. In the late 1980s, Carol White restored the crumbling buildings and planted out European-style gardens.

Every day at 12 noon, 2 pm and 4 pm there are free tours of the original stone farmhouse.

Acres of Lavender

From late December, the lavender begins to flower and throughout January we hand-harvest the crop. From the field, the lavender is hung to dry for use as bunches or winnowed for its precious flowers and seeds for potpourri. Lavender is distilled for its floral water and essential oil. We make a wide range of lavender products right here on the farm.

Farm-made Products

Our gift shop carries a huge range of products made right here on the farm from lavender hand creams to lavender room mists. You can be assured of the finest quality because the raw materials come straight from our own fields to be processed. You can either visit us or go to our online shop.

Cafe La Trattoria

Eat outdoors under the ash trees, in the snug timber room or in the stone loggia.

The style is based on the grotto of Ticino (in southern Switzerland, a simple local caf serving an antipasto platter and local wine). The menu is seasonal and explores European cuisine. You can have frittata, soup, or a full meal.

We make our own scones, biscuits, cakes, and preserves. Or you can purchase Lavandula's own lavender cordial or lavender honey.

We're fully licensed and carry a wide selection of local wines, beers and ciders. Why not try our house specialty: lavender champagne.

Visitor Comments

Fabulous beautiful old buildings and history of original creators of this magical farm. Tour definately recommended. Must see.
Lorraine - April 2018

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