Wombat Hill House

Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens, Central Springs Road Daylesford, Victoria 3460

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Opening hours Thurs-Mon 9am-4pm
Features Vegetarian friendly, Gluten-free options, Licensed
Prices Moderate (mains $20-$40)
Payments eftpos, Mastercard, Visa
Phone 03 4373 0099

Visionary chef Alla Wolf-Tasker (Lake House) is responsible for the transformation of this once derelict gardener’s cottage into a cosy cafe enveloped by verdant botanic gardens. Featuring a log fire, armchairs, a communal dining table and piles of pantry provisions, it’s the ultimate country eat-retreat. There’s even a patio with cane chairs and chandeliers. Blackboard specials might include crisp beer-battered flathead tails and excellent fries, or chubby meatballs with zesty tomato ragu and velvety mash. Picnic packs and kids’ lunchboxes make rambling possible.