Cobden is rich in natural and colonial history and is an integral hub for the local dairy Industry.
The Crater to Coast Rail Trail is a scenic bike ride running between Camperdown and the epicurean treats of Timboon. Cobden is the half way point of the ride, giving visitors the option to heading north through Camperdown’s crater lakes or south along the old rail sleepers and trestle bridges to Timboon.
Cobden is the home of Western Star Butter an iconic Australian brand that has been made with the same fresh local ingredients for 100 years. The town is surrounded by the rolling hills and volcanic lakes that commence just north of the coast, located just 30 minutes north of the Great Ocean Road and 2.5 hours from Melbourne via the Princes Hwy Cobden is an ideal base for a Great Ocean Road adventure. Cobden’s significant “making” history can also be enjoyed at the wonderful Pioneer Dairy Park whose opening times co-incide with it’s neighbour the iconic Cobden Miniature Railway on the 3rd Sunday of every month.
The Camperdown – Cobden – Timboon Rail Trail winds its way through our golf course on its 34 km journey from Camperdown to Timboon. Make sure you pack your bikes and golf clubs or hire them when you are here. You could start your trail adventure in Cobden and cycle south along the old rail sleepers and trestle bridges towards Timboon or north for spectacular views of Lake Bullen Merri on the way north.
Make sure you head into town for tasty treats and freshly ground coffee from a host of local businesses including Makan Cafesserie, Cobden Bakery, Blue Wren Cafe, Sarenity Cafe or Cobden Roadhouse next to Cobden Visitor Information Centre.
The fertile soil and quality produce of the volcanic hills and plains that surround Cobden have attracted a group of talented artisan producers that can be visited at nearby farmgates and cellar doors.
The 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail extends north of the coast from Princetown and Port Campbell towards Cobden. Be sure to look for Aldo’s Olives products in town and at cellar doors on the trail. Why not book a weekend in Cobden and take in some gourmet stops on route to the 12 Apostles? Still hungry after some coastal walks then call into Timboon on the way back from London Bridge before returning to the comforts of your Cobden Accommodation.
If foraging for tasty treats isn’t your thing we suggest you should ask a local for some tips and try and catch your own. Cobden is central to some high quality stocked fishing lakes including Lake Elingamite, Lake Bullen Merri, Lake Purrumbete and even Cobden Lake right in the heart of town. Now one has to think that local fishing must be good with a local angling club that has been in existence for 91 years!
Species targeted by local and visiting anglers include trout and chinook salmon which are excellent table fish. Fishing by boat and bank is possible.
Great Ocean Road Regional Tourism acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the Great Ocean Road region the Wadawurrung, Eastern Maar & Gunditjmara. We pay our respects to their Elders, past, present and emerging. We recognise and respect their unique cultural heritage and the connection to their traditional lands. We commit to building genuine and lasting partnerships that recognise, embrace and support the spirit of reconciliation, working towards self-determination, equity of outcomes and an equal voice for Australia’s first people.