Our Story

Darriwill Farm Highton is Geelong’s haven for lovers of fine food, wines and quality gifts and homewares.

At the heart of the popular Highton Village shopping hub, our store and café offer something for everyone. 

  • Enjoy the convenience of shopping for unique and quality ingredients and cookware to prepare your next special meal. 
  • Make someone’s day by gifting them one of our beautiful hampers.
  • Catch up with friends or family for a delicious meal or snack in our café which is open for breakfast and lunch, or morning and afternoon tea seven days a week.

Wherever possible, we proudly use local suppliers from the Geelong and Bellarine region for our food and products in both the café and our shop.

 

Celebrating Victoria’s regional history

The original Darriwill Farm is an idyllic 840-acre property located at the junction of the Moorabool River and Sutherland Creek north of Geelong.  Dating back to the mid-1800s, it was a grazing property and vineyard featuring a classic bluestone homestead alongside an extensive vegetable garden and orchard.

Dougal and Nellie Ramsay, who owned the farm from 1994 to 2012, established a chain of retail stores to preserve the qualities of the traditional Australian country store and celebrate regional Victorian produce.

 

Bringing the best to Highton

Darriwill Farm Highton opened in 2000 and had a major role in re-energising the shopping village.

Fleur and Jim Whelan took over the shop and café in September 2015 bringing with them extensive experience in the hospitality sector and a strong appreciation of good food.

After acquiring the business, they immediately refurbished the space to create a light and modern area, creating an ideal spot for meeting friends for a coffee or a bite to eat alongside an exciting retail space in which to browse a range of gourmet food, wine, hampers, kitchen and gift wares.

Their vision is to ensure we all enjoy the products of artisan food makers, particularly supporting producers from the Geelong and Bellarine region.

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Darriwill Farm Highton co-owners Fleur and Jim Whelan