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Lavandula - Swiss Italian Farm

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Published September 13th 2012
Stroll through a beautiful Swiss-Italian Lavender Farm

Lavandula is the botanical name for the perfumed lavender plant, but it is also the name of a Swiss-Italian farm located in Shepherds Flat near Daylesford in Victoria. Lavandula is approximately ten minutes north of Daylesford. You can find the farm by travelling from Daylesford through Hepburn Springs, or you can follow the signs that indicate the turn-off from the Midland Highway when travelling from Castlemaine to Daylesford.

Swinging bridge
As you drive up to Lavandula, take the opportunity to park a little further back and stroll across the long swinging bridge that crosses the creek. You will enjoy the gentle sway of the bridge.

Even when the lavender fields are not in flower, Lavandula is still a beautiful, serene place to explore for the whole family. The farm also grows grapes and olives.

La Trattoria Cafe
La Trattoria is Lavandula's licensed cafe, serving light lunches and afternoon teas.

Dine inside or relax outside with freshly baked lavender scones from La Trattoria's ovens, topped with jam and cream. A pot of steaming English Breakfast tea is the perfect accompaniment. Take a look at the 1860s Swiss-Italian farmhouse and think about the farming family that occupied its rooms.

Function facilities are available at Lavandula for weddings, birthdays, and other celebrations. Escape the city, spend the weekend at Lavandula in contemporary farmhouse accommodation, and wake up to scenic views.

Relax outside La Trattoria Cafe
As Spring approaches, many of the trees are in blossom. Spring is also the time for Lavandula's La Primavera Festival, a Swiss-Italian celebration with food, local wines, music, and activities.

Spring blossom and farm animals at Lavandula

There are a couple of pistes to play petanque. Boules lay waiting for you to start a game, or you can bring your own. The traditional way to play the game starts with the players forming a circle and, with both feet on the ground, throwing the metal boules as close to the jack as possible.

Play a game of petanque

Lavandula is one of those places that you will want to visit again and again. Consider visiting for the annual January festival to celebrate the Lavender Harvest, where music will float through the perfumed air. Harvesting of the lavender happens slowly throughout January.

Visit again in May for the Autumn Harvest Festival, which celebrates the harvesting of fruit, vegetables, nuts, grapes, and olives on the farm.

Visit mid to late December to experience the lavender in full flower.

Old stone buildings

Lavender fields

As you leave Lavandula, take some time to browse the retail shop. It is filled with interesting crafted items and a large range of natural body care products.
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Why? A beautiful place to explore at any time of the year
When: Spring, summer & autumn, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Mon, Tue, Fri, Sat, Sun & public holidays; winter, 10.30am to 5.30pm, Sat, Sun & public holidays; school holidays, 10.30am to 5.30pm, seven days a week
Phone: 03 5476 4393
Where: 350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat via Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
Cost: Entry fee, $4
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