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Welcome to Wombat Hill House...

...our cafe, garden and store in the beautiful Wombat Hill Gardens.

Having established Lake House in 1984 and with a stellar career of national and international acclaim and awards for our 'house on the lake', Alla Wolf Tasker and her team are delighted to present this new incarnation of our labors and passions - our 'house in the gardens'.

We offer simple seasonal food, sourced locally wherever possible and served in one of Daylesford's most beautiful locations. Picnic, take home 'heat & eat' food, pantry provisions and gifts available from the store. Wine by the glass and bottle to enjoy on the premises.

Winter Opening Hours

  • Thursday- Monday (we hibernate Tuesday, Wednesday)
  • Breakfast - 8.30am Until Noon
  • Lunch - Noon till close (usually 5 pm in winter)
  • Sundays ‘Aperitivo' hours 5pm – 7pm  grissini, olives, snacks, pizza, glasses of wine off the bar

Our opening hours increase with the daylight.....

Wombat Hill House : Garden

A Garden within a Garden

Wombat Hill House Is situated on an ancient extinct volcano and amongst the beautiful Wombat Hill Gardens high above the village of Daylesford – 80 mins from Melbourne. An original (and very run down) 1940's garden caretaker's cottage has been completely gutted and resurrected  as a cafe and store (thanks Tim & Chris Scanlen & the team).

A newly planted north facing kitchen garden will eventually supplement the kitchen's needs with fresh herbs, salad leaves, some vegetables and fruit (thanks John and Tom).

Established in the 1860s by Baron Ferdinand Von Mueller (also responsible for Melbourne's Royal Botanic Gardens) the remarkable surrounding 10.4 hectares Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens are regarded as one of Victoria's finest regional destination gardens. Many spots provide wonderful views over Daylesford and the surrounding countryside.

Prized for their beauty and tranquillity, the gardens retain their gracious 19th century character. Features include wide expanses of lawn, shaded picnic areas, driving and walking paths through tall avenues of giant conifers and stately elms. There's a panoramic view from the top of the Pioneers Lookout Tower. The gardens contain an outstanding collection of rare and notable specimens, many of which are included in the National Trust Register of Significant Trees.

During Autumn the Begonia House carries a magnificent display of prize blooms.
The Friends of Wombat Hill Gardens, is an organization of volunteers who help keep the gardens in peak condition and run fund raising activities.
Jock, long time gardener at the Botanical Gardens helps provide care for this beautiful place.

Wombat Hill House : Café

Alla Wolf-Tasker & team welcome you to Wombat Hill House for simple food, sourced locally wherever possible and served in one of Daylesford's most beautiful locations.

We are situated in the midst of wonderful gardens on an ancient extinct volcano.
It's a place of great enchantment where even a furry and ponderously slow wombat, might grow some wings and fly......
We are Open for Breakfast & Lunch Thursday to Monday and for Some Enchanted Evenings ......

Sundays "Aperitivo in the Gardens" 5 - 7pm olives, grissini, pizza, wine

Our opening hours grow with the daylight...

Say hello and Join the Wombat Club for last minute updates.

Meet Vigen

Meet Vigan Vigen comes from a family with a three generation history of coffee growing and roasting in Ethiopia. Chances are, Vigen will be the man behind the machine making your special cup of brew...
Make sure you say hello.

Drop in for a great coffee, a glass of wine, a sweet or savoury snack or just a bit of warming comfort food.
Menus are seasonal and Specials change daily, but here are some samples of current offerings...


Brioche French Toast, saffron pears, Meredith yoghurt, Des' honey, walnut crumble

Throughout the day......

Huge lip smackingly delicious sandwiches, baguettes
Posh pies, pasties and pizza
A daily bake of sweet treats
Fresh juice
Gundowring ice cream
Wines by the glass or bottle

Wombat Hill House : Store

Come in and Shop For......

Picnic and take home "heat & eat" fare
Great bread
A growing range of produce for your pantry
Gifts & Treasures

A Wolf in the Kitchen - a selection of produce by Alla Wolf-Tasker

There has always been a Wolf in our kitchen. My Russian parents were both great cooks and our kitchen was always the heart of the home. Preserving the bounty from our garden and orchard was a seasonal occupation. Jars of dill tomatoes and cucumbers, pickled mushrooms and sauerkraut were always in abundance, and pots of jam opened in the depth of winter reminded us of sunny days. When friends visited they were fed, regardless of the time of day. Those special memories inspired my becoming a chef and restaurateur and in 1984 we opened the Lake House in Daylesford. I've had the good fortune to share our place with so many guests over the years and to welcome them to our table. Now we're delighted to have selection of favourite recipes to enjoy at home. As we say "Priatnogo appetita"… enjoy! Alla

A Wolf in the kitchen is available for sale at Wombat Hill House and selected specialty stores.

Wholesale enquiries here.

Wombat Hill House : Say Hello

Where we are

Wombat Hill House
Wombat Hill Botanic Gardens
(Car Entry off Central Spring Road)
Daylesford, Victoria, Australia
T: 4373 0099

Winter opening hours

Breakfast: 8.30am till noon
Lunch: 12pm till close (usually 5pm in winter)
Thursday – Monday (we hibernate Tuesday & Wednesday)
Great take away meals & picnic provisions.
Sundays "Aperitivo" - 5pm -7pm bar snacks, pizza and wines by the glass

We're also open for - Some Enchanted Evenings.....

Our opening hours increase with the daylight..

What's On

"Aperitivo in the Gardens" 5 - 7pm

grissini, olives and snacks on the bar,pizzas and glasses of wine in good local company.

And we are also open for

Some Enchanted Evenings ......

(make sure you say hello, Join the Wombat Club and get last minute updates)

Wombat Club

Sign up to hear about Some Enchanted evenings and more....

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