Caldermeade Farm is one of the most delightful surprises you will find on the South Gippsland Highway.
Just south of Pakenham and Kooweerup, lies Caldermeade Farm, an operational Commercial Dairy Farm.
This is a truly unique place, offering the opportunity for families to come and have a real country experience.
You might have seen the farm featured on Coxy’s Big Break where you could watch cows line up to be milked. You might have driven past many times on the way to Grantville and Phillip Island, but you might not know of the magic hidden behind those gates.
From the moment you step outside your car you are entrenched in country. The stench tells you so, but after all, there are 400 cows on the property.
Sprawling before you are paddocks full of animals. Cows, sheep, donkeys, alpacas, ponies.
On the right, there is a tin shed nursery. As you enter the first shed, you are greeted by a friendly group of goats.
The next shed houses slightly more subdued calves who you will find taking a nap with brown fluffy bunnies. Next door, a brood of white Chinese chickens.
In the middle of the farm is a large playground with an old tractor. Don't learn the hard way; make sure you and your children wear gumboots or shoes you don’t mind getting dirty. As the cows roam freely overnight, even through the playground, 400 cows equals a lot of mess.
There is also a cafe that has indoor and outdoor seating. The menu offers typical country food; big breakfasts, homemade pies, Devonshire Tea and is also fully licensed. The prices are a bit steep, however, considering that it is free entry to all of the attractions they do need to make their money somehow.
Then there is the milking of the cows. 400 cows lining up in a row is definitely not a sight you see every day. There is a viewing room upstairs above the milking station, with floor to ceiling glass windows to look out of.
The day is guaranteed to be a wonderful experience for the whole family to enjoy. What is even more amazing is that you don’t have to spend a cent to enjoy it!
Entry – FREE!! Hours: 9am – 5pm weekends, public holidays and school holidays
9am – 4pm weekdays
Milking times: 4.30am and 3.30pm
Located at: 4385 South Gippsland Highway Caldermeade 3984