Summer 2023

Welcome to Outback Chef's Newsletter from Phillip Island's Wild Food Farm.

Live music returns to the Wild Food Farm Rainforest.

Join us for lazy Summer Saturday afternoons from 9 December.

Who best to open our season than our all time favs The Times, aka Mark Howard and Dave Manning.

Come along for lunch and linger in our Rainforest Atrium with some great summer sounds.

We're fully licenced too.

Live music happens from 1230 - 3.00pm.

Coffee or Lunch in a Bushland Setting? That's Us.

Our huge amount of outdoor space is a huge drawcard for guests wanting to enjoy a relaxing coffee in the sunshine or share a meal with friends in a beautiful bushland setting. We're fully licenced too so pull up a table on the long verandahs, in the courtyard or on the grassy lawn. If the clouds roll in, head for our undercover all-weather Rainforest Atrium. 

Take a stroll along our native food trail and enjoy the special magic of the Australian outdoors. Our Lilly-Pilly hedgerows are a blaze of crimson.

And on Sundays you can even bring your favourite dog to enjoy the walk with you. Doggie Day Walk is just $5 per pooch including coffee. EVERY Sunday - 9.00am - 11.00am

Planning an Event?

We are delighted that so many people are considering the Wild Food Farm for their special events.

Interest has been high right through Winter and the inquiries keep rolling in.

We have ten acres of beautiful bushland presenting so many options for your group whether in our Rainforest Atrium, Homestead Cafe, verandahs, courtyard and lawns.

Talk to our friendly Operations Manager Sam for more details on our event packages, or let us tailor a special experience for you.

Sam can be reached on

Love a great argument? Join our Monthly Philosophy Lunches:

It's always great to see special interest groups discovering the delights of the farm and coming back for return visits.

One such group is the Island Philosophers. These deep thinkers love nothing more than a feisty discussion on a controversial topic like the meaning of life or whether abandoning the monarchy would plunge our nation into uncertainty and chaos. This all occurs over a very civilised two course lunch and drinks from 12-3pm on the first Friday of every month in the warmer months and on Thursdays when it's cooler. So if you're up for a robust exchange of opinions with some stimulating company in a delightful setting, don't hesitate to get in touch and we'll book you in. September's topic for example was Tolerance: What ideas, opinions or behaviours are you fundamentally not prepared to tolerate? And why?

The last gathering for 2023 will be on Thursday 30 November with the topic wide open for free range discussion. Anything could be on the table so it could get pretty lively... Christmas plans, the state of the world, resolutions and growing older as disgracefully as possible!! 

Book here:

Trading Hours:

Our cafe doors are open Friday through to Monday 9-3, although you can shop any time at the Outback Chef's online store. Just click on Shop at the link below and browse the selection.

Of course we'd love to see you in person, so come and join us in our cozy farmhouse cafe for Breakfast, Lunch, Coffee and Cakes, or a relaxing beer or wine with friends. 

We have so much space for you to spead out and relax: Undercover in our Rainforest, on our cafe verandahs, or in the courtyard.

Bookings preferred. Just use the Enquire and Book button at the top of this page.

2 for 1 Special On-Line Deal:

Our Outback Chef Bush BBQ Spice Mix is an amazing flavour combination guaranteed to spice up your next BBQ with a delicious bush food edge.

Order online and receive two packets for the price of one. That's one for your BBQ and another to share with your guests. Or you can pretend it was your secret recipe.

Our range in store and online keeps getting bigger and bigger. Just go to the SHOP click on the BROWSE button and place your orders.

Phillip Island and Bass Coast Ukulele Festival: 

What a hoot we had at the recent Phillip Island and Bass Coast Ukulele Festival. It was a fantastic celebration of ukulele talent from the local area and beyond. Can you imagine 250 ukulele musos playing along together and sharing their favourite songs? That's what happened and we hope to see everyone and more again next year.

Art Exhibition to Support our Volunteer Firefighters

Special thanks to everyone who came along to support our local CFA ahead of the coming bushfire season. 

An exhibition of works by members of the Phillip Island Art Society was held at the Wild Food Farm at Rhyll in mid September.

So many of our talented local artists donated commissions of between 20 and 100 percent to support the operations of the Cowes CFA.

A hot summer is tipped, so every possible support for our local fire brigade is vital.

The art exhibition in the Wild Food Farm’s Rainforest Atrium ran for a week until Friday 29 September.

Bookings and Enquiries:

And remember if you wish to contact us to make a booking or an inquiry, the quickest way to reach us is right here on the website. Just click on the ENQUIRE & BOOK button top right of every page, fill in your contact details and the nature of your enquiry and we'll be onto it.

Lots more to tell in our next Newsletter coming very soon.

Jude Mayall

The Outback Chef at Wild Food Farm, Phillip Island

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