Who doesn’t love a cheeky holiday drink? If you are staying in Cobden, and looking for the best boozy lunch, dinner or cheerful afternoon drink spots, we’ve got you sorted. Here are eight of the best boozy places to visit around Cobden by cab. Oh and if you’ve got more than a couple of friends needing a lift, we have a comfortable 8 passenger vehicle to get you there and back.
1. Bistro On Neylon at Cobden Golf Club, Cobden
You will find Bistro on Neylon almost hidden amongst the club rooms of the Cobden Golf Club. Enjoy a drink in the bar or a meal in the bistro. The bistro is popular with locals and you will often find it heavily booked at dinner, even on weeknights. Its not about the décor here however you will find a nice view of the golf course and importantly, delicious seasonal pub fare. The bar has a large selection of beer, wine and spirits plus they even have ginger beer on tap. For those who like a fine wine, be sure to ask at the bar and they will likely have something stashed away for just the occasion. https://www.cobdengolf.com.au/bistro/
2. Thommo’s Hotel, Cobden
Thommo’s Hotel is a historic part of the Cobden township. Built in 1904, it maintains much of its bygone charm whilst boasting complimentary modern touches. A beautiful red brick building, the interior and grounds have been refreshed to offer a comfortable place to spend an afternoon or evening. The hotel boasts a dining room, as well as a bistro and undercover beer garden. There are a number of open fireplaces in the pub, providing welcome relief from the country chills. Summer opens up the refurbished beer garden, with plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the sunshine or the shade. Plenty of spots to choose from for an afternoon drink or a meal. The menu is designed with generous pub fare and surprising specials.
3. Keayang Maar Vineyard, Dixie
A small family owned and operated vineyard with impressive views over the vines and surrounding volcanic slopes. Visit the Keayang Maar Cellar door for wine tastings, pizza and local charcuterie. Open Wednesday to Sunday or Monday and Tuesday by appointment. Keep an eye out for happy hour specials and live music in the vines. https://www.keayangmaar.com/
4. Hampden Hotel, Camperdown
A short twelve-minute drive from Cobden, The Hampden Hotel is set in a beautiful old brick building on the elm tree lined main street of Campderdown. The hotel dates back to 1870. You will find all your classic pub meals, an expansive bistro dining area, bar and two great outdoor areas to sit outside and enjoy a drink in the warmer months. https://visitgreatoceanroad.org.au/restaurants/hampden-hotel/
5. Timboon Railway Shed Distillery, Timboon
Open for lunch and tastings 7 days a week, the Timboon Railway Shed Distillery is a small family-owned boutique distillery located at the old Timboon railway station. They specialise in single malt whisky and also produce vodka, schnapps, Limoncello and a wine-based coffee liqueur. Centrally located in the heart of Timboon, the distillery has a warm rustic feel about it and is packed with plenty of their wares and local produce to browse. The menu is a simple yet delicious menu of plates designed to be shared. Stay for lunch or simply stop by for a whisky tasting paddle. So much to love about this one.
6. Schulz Organic Creamery and Café, Timboon
Schulz Organic Creamery and Café is situated on a one-thousand-acre dairy farm just outside of Timboon in Victoria and a thirty-minute car ride from Cobden. A seasonal café menu showcases the dairy’s products including organic farm fresh milk and cheeses as well as other local produce. A selection of wine, beer and cider is available to accompany your sweet or savoury selection. For those who love to explore behind the scenes, book yourself a farm tour and learn about all aspects of the farm including the history of the creamery and the cheese-making process. Open 7 days, 10am to 4pm. https://schulzorganiccreamery.com.au/
7. Great Ocean Road Berry World, Timboon
This one will surprise you. Not only is Great Ocean Road Berry World the place to be able to pick your own strawberries (which is fun no matter how old you are!), but it is also the home of a Thai restaurant called Berry Good Thai. Berry World, known for their Timboon Strawberries have seasonal strawberry picking and sell a range of strawberry jams, sauces and liqueurs and you are likely to find daily pop up specials such as scones, a strawberry milkshake or a sweet cocktail. Popular with tourists for their berry picking and range of berries and popular with locals for their yummy Thai menu, the team here are eager to please. Open from 11am Tuesday to Friday and open from 9am on Saturday and Sunday. https://www.berryworld.com.au/
8. Sow and Piglets Brew Pub, Port Campbell
The Sow and Piglets is a microbrewery in Port Campbell. An unassuming venue with comfy indoor seating and a nice sunny outdoor deck for the warmer weather, the brew pub has a range of six homemade beers on tap, plus a selection of wines and a few spirits. Grab yourself a pizza if you’re feeling peckish. The Sow and Piglets Brew Pub using traditional brewing methods and the microbrewery has quite the story about how it came to be. Grab yourself a craft beer and watch the sunset from the deck over Port Campbell.
Need a lift? We’ve got you covered.
Ride With Us have a local taxi and an 8-passenger luxury vehicle based in Cobden for all your boozy trips to and from Cobden. No trip in Cobden is too short. Ride With Us is an accredited taxi and transport service, locally owned and operated family business which provides friendly customer service. Ride With Us are well-known by locals and tourists alike. Call a cab on 0438 407 777, find out more about our taxi and transport services or explore our website.
Two bridges were recently replaced on the Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail which is now open again from Camperdown to Timboon.
Timber bridges 11 and 12, located on the trail between Glenfyne and Timboon have been replaced with steel bridges with higher rails to accommodate horse riders and are weight rated for the committee to be able to maintain the trail. The two original bridges were initially built by volunteers in the nineties and made of timber. There are still three timber bridges which the rail trail committee are working towards having replaced in the future.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail is pet friendly and is available for walking, cycling, ebikes and horse riders, however because of weight limits on the three bridges which need replacement, no horses are permitted between Merrett's Road and Bridge 15, about 1 km north of the Timboon Trestle Bridge. Motorbikes and trail bikes are also not permitted on the trail.
The trail meanders its way through forest and grazing paddocks and passes by historic railway trestle bridges. A lesser known regional Victorian rail trail, the trail is a hidden gem and makes for a very peaceful ride.
Feeling peckish along the way? Stop in Cobden at the Cobden Golf Club for a bite to eat in the bistro (you'll be riding right through the middle of the golf course) or detour into the main street for a pub meal at Thommo's or a quick bite to eat at one of the cafes or the local bakery. If you have more time on your hands, stroll through the op shops and locally owned clothes, gifts, homewares, lolly and sewing stores.
When you reach Timboon, reward yourself with lunch at Timboon Railway Shed Distillery or a local cafe then enjoy an ice cream at the famous Timboon Fine Ice cream(ery). Wander the shops for more lollies, gifts, clothes and homewares.
The Camperdown to Timboon Rail Trail now also connects to the Twelve Apostles Trail at Timboon. Some sections are still in progress however once complete, the trail will take cyclists right to the coast at Port Campbell. Please check weather conditions and updates about the current status of the Twelve Apostles Trail before commencing your ride.
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Recently awarded Silver in the Victorian Top Small Town Tourism Awards, Timboon is a must see destination which will surprise and delight food, art and nature lovers alike.
Located 2 hours 40 minutes from Melbourne and only 25 minutes from the famous 12 Apostles, Timboon is a charming town set among dairy farms, tall trees and rolling hills.
If you're keen to enjoy the magnificent 12 Apostles Food Artisans Gourmet Trail - why drive yourself around the spectacular loop when you can indulge yourself and be chauffeured by the team from Ride with Us.
Book a tour for five passengers between now and the end of November and we'll let you fill the remaining three seats in our shuttle bus for no extra cost. As an added bonus, we'll also throw in a gourmet produce gift for everyone.
Imagine eight friends or family members enjoying six hours of amazing local beer, wine, cheese, chocolate, fudge, strawberries, ice cream, gelato, whisky and more without having to worry about finding your way or driving.
Among its extensive suite of transport services, Ride with Us also offers Crater to Coast Bicycle Hire to help people enjoy the picturesque Timboon rail trail. If you come for a ride between now and the end of November you’ll only pay half-day rates for a whole day of bike hire – no matter how many bikes you need!
Seven lucky locals became the first group to experience the region’s new 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail Shuttle Tour this week.
Ride With Us officially christened its new dedicated shuttle service, which takes small groups from stop to stop along the iconic foodies loop to enjoy the local produce.
Owner Sandra Timmins said the day was a great success and she was excited to be playing a role in the region’s burgeoning food tourism offering.
“The producers along the food loop are the real heroes when it comes to food tourism in our area - we’re just helping more and more people enjoy the experience,” she said.
“We ran an online competition and the seven ladies who won a seat on the very first tour on Thursday had a great time and gave us a lot of confidence that our new service will prove popular.
“Food tourism is becoming increasingly important to the Twelve Apostles region, especially in the non-peak season. We’re rapt to be helping our wonderful artisan producers with our new shuttle tour service.”
Ms Timmins said that while thousands of people drove themselves around the food loop each year, there were many people who couldn’t drive, or preferred not to drive.
“Obviously there are a lot of visitors to our region that don’t have vehicles, but often those who do drive are not confident navigating the route or would like to have a few drinks along the way and really let their hair down,” she said.
“Our shuttle tour will cater for these people, but it’s also ideal for a range of small groups such as workmates and even party groups like a hen’s party for example.
“It’s only about 100km, but we’ve scheduled our shuttle tour to take six hours so that people can really take their time, talk to the producers and enjoy everything there is on offer.”
Ms Timmins said the tours started and finished at the Timboon Distillery and the vehicle could seat eight passengers.
“For our first tour, we headed to Dairylicious to enjoy some fudge and a beautiful morning tea before heading to Apostle Whey Cheese for their tasting experiences,” she said.
“From there we headed to Gorge Chocolates, then down the coast to see some of the sights before a few drinks at the Sow and Piglets Brewery in Port Campbell, then the Timboon Cheesery before heading back to the distillery.
“There’s no set stops though, we are happy to work with people to make sure they visit the artisans they’d most like to get to in the available time.”
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