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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 opportunities.

In the late 1980s, Carol White and her family restored and re-imagined the old dairy farm and it has become one of Victoria's most important rural properties.

European style gardens were planted out to frame and meander around the original stone buildings. Productive vegetable and herb gardens were established to supply the cafe, La Trattoria. Lavender was planted out to provide quality materials for the creation of farm-made body lotions and creams, room mists and insecticides, and essential oil.

La Trattoria eatery serves late breakfasts, morning teas, lunches and afternoon teas. Produce is sourced locally and from its own gardens. The cafe is fully licensed with a good range of local wines, beers and ciders ... including its famous lavender champagne.

Lavandula hosts three major festivals each year: Autumn Harvest (May); La Primavera (October); and Lavender Harvest (January).

The beautiful garden and La Trattoria are available after-hours for outdoor European-style functions, weddings or birthdays.

Content: Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm

Price & booking


Type Entry cost
Gate fee $4 per adult $12 annual membership Festival fee $6 per adult
$4.00 - $12.00
Gate fee $1 per school-age child Festival fee $2 per school-age child

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  • Café
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Games/recreation room
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking
  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
Opening hours:
  • Monday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Tuesday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Friday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Saturday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Sunday
    10:30am - 5:30pm
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
  • Visitor Information Centre

  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance