• History & heritage

Lavandula Swiss Italian Farm

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 1850's looking for new opportunities.

In the late 1980's, Carol White and her family restored and re-imagined the old
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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 in May, La Primavera in October and Lavender Harvest in January.

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

Content: Lavandula Swiss/Italian Farm
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Indicative prices
$4.00 - $12.00

Gate fee - $4 per adult Festival Fee - $6 per adult $12 annual membership. (visit as often as you like) Dogs are welcome on leash.


Gate fee - $1 per school-age child Festival fee - $2 per school-age child

Opening hours:

From 08 Nov 2017 to 31 May 2018

  • Wednesday: Closed
  • Thursday: Closed
  • Actively welcomes people with access needs
  • Suitable for guests with sufficient mobility to climb two or three steps, but would benefit from fixtures and fittings to aid balance
  • Café
  • Car park
  • Coach parking
  • Games/recreation room
  • Pets allowed, enquire on booking
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  • Picnic area
  • Public toilet
  • Shop
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  • Quality Tourism Accredited Business
  • Regional Tourist/Tourism Association/Organisation
  • Visitor Information Centre

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350 Hepburn-Newstead Road, Shepherds Flat, Victoria, 3461
  • -37.2738952997986 144.112628618555