ANOTHER chapter was added to the story of Bimbadeen Phillip Island with the official opening of three farm retreats by the Victorian Minister for Agriculture and Regional Development, Jaala Pulford MP, on Friday, April 1.
The 360 acre farming property ‘Bimbadeen’ is located between the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit and the world famous Penguin Parade.
Run by the Davie family since the early 1950s, Bimbadeen has become renowned within Victoria and across the country for its award winning premium quality beef and innovative environmental practices.
The Minister enjoyed a tour of the new retreats and met with Bimbadeen’s creators Bob and Anne Davie who explained the transformation of the farm by diversification over the past 60 years.
The Minister then heard from the next generation of the Davie family who are developing the latest chapter for the farm.
Ms Pulford said she was pleased to officially launch the three recently completed farm stays at Bimbadeen, which she described as a model for farming enterprises.
“This represents a new direction for farming. The Davie family has diversified into free range eggs, honey, and now farm stays and education tours on top of their award winning beef product.
“Bimbadeen is contributing to the growth of farming and tourism here on Phillip Island and in Victoria more broadly,” she said.
The farm retreats form part of Bimbadeen’s latest diversification strategies.
Together with its guided tours and other initiatives, Bimbadeen is now open to visitors to experience life on a working farm in an informative, relaxing and entertaining way.
Representatives at the opening included Kim Storey, Destination Phillip Island; Lois Gaskin, Phillip Island Tourism and Business Association; Peter Francis, Bass Coast Shire Council; local councillors Kimberley Brown and Phil Wright; Jarvis Weston, Phillip Island Nature Parks; Leigh Kennedy of Regional Development Victoria; and former Minister for Conservation, Forests and Land, Kay Setches.
Recognising the crucial role that tourism plays in the Phillip Island economy contributing to over 39 per cent of gross regional product, the farm can deliver experiences sought by both the international and domestic visitor to the region.
Kim Storey, General Manager of Destination Phillip Island, says it is great to expand this experience on Phillip Island.
“International markets especially from Asia are very keen to experience farm stay and farm tours in Australia,” Ms Storey said.
Bimbadeen will now be working to grow its farm experiences and hopes to host many overnight visitors from around the world.