Fathers’ Day Out

A farmer and an artist are combining their passions this Fathers Day to present a unique opportunity for Fathers to get out into the country.

Treat dad to a memorable day out on Sunday 7 September 2014, for a Guided Farm Tour and a look at a fascinating photo exhibition. Set amongst the rural setting of historic Tarndwarncoort homestead, Fathers’ will relish the chance to delve into a rusty world of farm equipment from a bygone era.

Art & Heritage meet up with Agriculture at Tarndie for Fathers' Day

Art & Heritage meet up with Agriculture at Tarndie for Fathers’ Day

Starting at the Old Ciderhouse Gallery at the Homestead, visitors will discover farm equipment spanning 150 years in photo artworks on the Gallery walls, and in real life outside on the working sheep farm.

The Old Ciderhouse Gallery – a converted Ciderhouse built in the 1860s – will present “Relics” – a photographic exhibition by Otway’s resident, Tim Lucas, where the subject matter is disbanded farm equipment from around the southern hemisphere. Tim will be in the gallery sharing his experiences shooting in Antarctica, South America and around Australia.

Fifth generation farmer at Tarndwarncoort, Dave Dennis, will take Fathers and their families on 45minute Guided Tours going behind the scenes on the historic working sheep farm. Dave’s collection of operating vintage tractors will spark delight in many a nostalgic Father, and the story of how Australia’s first breed of sheep was developed on the farm will be brought to life from the paddock, through the shed, to the end product.

The original 1860s Apple Cider press

The original 1860s Apple Cider press

Entry to the Old Ciderhouse Gallery is by donation, and Guided Farm Tours depart from the Gallery every hour from 10am to 4pm and cost $10/adult, $5/child (5-15), $0/infants (0-4). Tour includes coffee for adults from the Tarndie Cafe.

The Tarndie Cafe serves rustic fare for lunch including Cornish Pasties, scones, jam and cream and locally roasted coffee. It is open between 10am – 4pm.

Bookings for the Guided Tours can be made online by clicking here.


The Farmgate Woolshop will also be open.

All proceeds go to the homestead roof restoration appeal.

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