Warratina Lavender Farm
Warratina Lavender Farm is set in the Yarra Valley at the foothills of Mt Dandenong. It is only 1 hour’s drive from Melbourne.
The Lavender Farm had it’s beginnings 1991 when Annemarie decided on growing a little plot of lavender on land which had been an old cherry orchard. It was a hobby in its early days.
Over the years the Farm has gradually expanded & now not only has over 10,000 lavender plants but caters for Tourists from around the world & offers wonderful hospitality to all visitors.
The lavender grown on the farm is used both for culinary uses in cooking, & for craft & household purposes. The lavender is harvested by hand using a traditional sickle. The harvested bunches are then brought to the Drying Shed where they are hung to dry before being stripped on the stripping machine. The stripped lavender is then sifted three times to remove unwanted leaves, sticks & dust. This is a very busy period & a great time to visit the lavender farm from November to early February.
All lavender grown on the farm is used in Warratina products & is also sold to Retail & Wholesale customers.
Groups are given presentations about the Warratina & Lavender story on application.
Along side the Drying Shed are delightful Tea Rooms where visitors are able to enjoy local cuisine & lavender scones. All types of visitors are catered for with easy access to all buildings.
The Gift Shop has Warratina’s complete product range which has been developed over the years by Peter & Annemarie Manders & their very capable long serving staff.
From very humble beginnings Annemarie is now a much sort after speaker to Garden Clubs, Probus Groups, Tourism Groups & school students on agri-business & E-Commerce.
Warratina Lavender Farm is open Wednesday to Monday inclusive [February to September from 9am - 4pm] and [October to January from 9am - 5pm], excepting Christmas Day and Good Friday when we are closed.
WE ARE CLOSED TUESDAY. Group bookings are available on any day by appointment.
History of the area
The area is called Wandin Yallock – ‘Wandin’ being the name of the local Aboriginal tribe and ‘Yallock’ meaning permanent running water. The site of the original township was originally designed to be close to the farm however the railway line from Lilydale to Warburton was laid some 2km from Wandin Yallock and so the township grew and developed closer to the station.
This became the town of Wandin North. Today Wandin Yallock consists of a primary school, a church, war memorial, and a number of farms (most of which are orchards).