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Published June 22nd 2015
Caldermeade Farm; A country day out close to the city
Nestled along the South Gippsland Highway, south of Pakenham and Kooweerup, lies a truly unique experience. Caldermeade Farm is an operational commercial dairy farm. It was settled in 1875 as a premier beef cattle property. Now it offers the opportunity for families to come and have a real country experience. My family went on Sunday not really knowing what to expect. We had driven past it many times on our way to Grantville and Phillip Island. All I knew was that if was a farm that allowed you to view the cows being milked and had featured on Coxy's Big Break.
We had always intended to visit. Finally, we did. We were blown away. From the moment you step outside your car you are entrenched in country, overwhelmingly by the stench. After all, there are 400 cows on the property. As you walk up the driveway you see sprawling paddocks full of animals. Cows, sheep, donkeys, alpacas, ponies. Towards your left your sights are set on a tin shed nursery. As you enter the first shed you are greeted by a group of goats. They are very friendly, but also, apparently, very hungry as one of them demonstrated by trying to eat my cardigan.
In the next shed was a slightly more subdued calf having a nap. It was gorgeous; sharing its shed with brown fluffy rabbits. In the next shed was a brood of white Chinese chickens. In the middle of the farm is a large playground and old tractor. One tip I would strongly advise is to make sure you and your children wear gumboots or shoes you don't mind getting dirty – a tip I wish I had known - as the cows roam freely overnight, even through the playground. 400 cows make a lot of mess!
At the back of the farm is a cafe that has indoor and outdoor seating. The cafe menu offers traditional country fare; big breakfasts, homemade pies, Devonshire tea and is also fully licensed. The prices are a bit hefty, however, considering that it is free entry to all of the attractions they do need to make their money somehow.
Then there is the milking of the cows. Seeing 400 cows lining up in a row is definitely not a sight you see every day! You get to have a good view upstairs above the milking station, with floor to ceiling glass windows to look out of.
The whole day was a lot of fun and quite an amazing experience to have without paying a cent!
Entry – FREE!!
9am – 5pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays 9am – 4pm weekdays Milking times: 4.30am and 3.30pm
4385 South Gippsland Highway Caldermeade 3984