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Published June 11th 2015
Now open daily for delicious lavender treats
Approaching its 25th year of operations in the Barossa Valley, the Lyndoch Lavender Farm continues to pick up tourism awards for its attractive display of over 90 different lavender varieties, and extensive product shop and an innovative range of light meals at the seasonal café.
Spring has arrived, and with that comes the sunshine that results in a purple haze of lavender blooms. To enable visitors to have an extended and fulfilling experience with the blooming lavenders, the Lavender Farm Cafe will now open daily from 10am to 4pm from September to December to complement the Farm Shop opening hours.
Tables and chairs nestled under umbrellas on the lawns are supplemented by benches under a small veranda should the weather become unfavourable. The light gourmet meals and drinks menu has a distinctively lavender feel, with lavender infused through most items including Lavender Hot Chocolate and Lavender Scones. And for those who don't feel like eating lavender, there are many plain varieties of these dishes.
For a small fee of $2, visitors may also take a tour of the extensive lavender gardens. With lavender from different countries and regions, there is nearly always some lavender blooming, with the flower holding different shapes and styles.
The large gum tree near the top of the gardens dwarfs the small garden seat that sits under it. However, the views from that seat are well worth the trip up the hill. Rolling views of the Barossa Valley, overlaid by the sea of purple lavender create a rare treat. The helicopters taking off from the nearby Barossa Helicopters airstrip provide some interesting views, while they also form an interesting addition to any day trip to the Barossa Valley.
Nearby a small shade-clothed covered shed gives shelter to numerous lavenders of varying age and style in garden pots. These lavenders are available for purchase, at varying prices depending upon their age and size, and enable you to take home a true piece of lavender. Many of the plants are also drought resistant, a tremendous feature in Adelaide's harsh environment.
Inside the Farm Shop are further products to tempt you, either for yourself or those hard-to-get Christmas presents. Body care products, home care products and essential oils all have a lavender focus, either in full or part. Other products include some local arts and crafts, various bric-a-brac, and numerous other tourist type products, all with the lavender theme.
The Lyndoch Lavender Farm is located about 5km southeast of Lyndoch, with significant signage on display along the Lyndoch Valley Road to Williamstown. Coaches and groups are most welcome by appointment, and personalised tours can be arranged for larger groups. The Farm Shop is open daily from 10am to 430pm, while the Café is open from 10am to 4pm from September to December, and every weekend.