Historic Bakery BnB /Wine Bar/Music & Arts / Venue / Pop up

Ended on January 21st 2018


Finish restoration of Historic Bakery to become a BnB & multi use venue with original vintage charm.


Go into the draw to win hamper of our local finest

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Win one of 5 hampers with a selection of local goodies including- 6 pack of Sailors Grave Brewery Beers, Snowy River Station Samphire & Beach Bananas, Orbost Bakery sweet treats, 20% discount on hair , beauty & massage at Hair on Argyle-Marlo, a shout out on our wall of fame.

Pass -live music / drink @ our special campaign concert

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Enjoy a quality live concert with choice of 1 wine, beer or hot drink on arrival at our special campaign launch event.
Features a music duo from Mallacoota 'The Awesome ' who perform smooth jazz, Hot swing, funky folk and intriguing instrumentals .
Saturday December 9th 7 pm.
Pass can be used for other concerts.
Toni Swain, R&B, Soul singer with band Saturday Nov. 25th 7pm
At the basement, Snowy River Historic Bakery, Orbost

VIP pass for live concert includes 2 wine/beer & platter

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Everything for a big night out in Orbost! Great music, a couple of drinks and a platter to keep you going until the end of the night. Dip, biscuits and sliced meat with olives for one person.
Sun. Oct 29th 5-7.30 pm Campaign Launch event featuring "The Awesome" who perform smooth jazz, Hot swing, funky folk and intriguing instrumentals .
Sat. Nov.25th 7pm Toni Swain & Band. R&B, Soul
Offer valid for any of our upcoming events.

1 night Bed & Breakfast for 2 people in Orbost

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Ideal place to break the journey on the Pacific Hwy. and enjoy the atmosphere. Stay the night after a concert, short walk to Snowy River, hotels, swimming pool, cafes and all amenities. Breakfast provisions supplied.
This is a special price for our supporters.

Weekend for two Bed & Breakfast (2 nights)

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Get away from the rat race and enjoy the ocean or mountain National Parks nearby. Walk to everything you need including the Snowy River and hotels, cafes. Choose a night we have a show on as well and make the most of it. Includes continental breakfast. Special price for our supporters.

Weekend BnB for two (2 nights) with Remedial Massage

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In the comfort and privacy of your self contained Bed & Breakfast unit , I bring massage table to you both. Everything you need to feel relaxed and spoiled without having to drive afterwards. Qualified, experienced remedial massage practitioner can assist with aches and pains, headaches, sports and pre-post natal.
Continental breakfast with locally sourced provisions supplied.

Family of 4 for 4 nights, 2x1 hr. massages, breakfast

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Bring the kids or a couple of friends & enjoy the area from the convenient location & lovely historic atmosphere of your self contained unit for four nights. Long enough to really unwind and have a look around. A massage for two people will hep you relax quickly. The massage offered is for two hours total, so you can have it all or split the time up to four ways with 1/2 hour pamper each. We bring table and everything to you so that you don't have to drive afterwards. Breakfast provisions incl.

Snowy River Historic Bakery BnB / Venue

Flexible Funding
Other Victoria, Australia

Initial restoration complete. Stage 2 needs your help to-

Complete restoration of upstairs flour room in Historic Bakery so that building can become a unique Bed & Breakfast.

For the back story here is ABC Radio Gippsland interview-click on the link below

17 July, 2013 Baking history restored in oven discovery


You could enjoy our unique bed & breakfast offering or gift it to a loved one. Will sleep up to 4 people. Watch the sunset from your second story room with a view over the Snowy River, flood plain and distant hills.image

 All done with care to preserve the original historic features.

imageAlready restored- now an approved commercial kitchen adjoining lounge and sunny courtyard.

The kitchen is part of the self contained Bed & Breakfast unit, you can prepare your own meals here or short walk to hotels. There is an adjoining loungeroom.

As most of the building, including the huge wood fired oven, has been restored, funds raised will add a spiral staircase to access the old upstairs flour room, which will become a bedroom with a view and ensuite.

I have been running a holiday house and Bnb nearby for 5 years and have found that the demand is increasing as more people get to know about the natural features that the area has to offer.

Here are a couple of the Bnb reviews;

Kay was very welcoming and accommodating, offering us tea, champagne and dinner together. But the best offer was a massage for us both the next morning. The massage experience was awesome and was just what my troubled body needed! She was a wealth of information on the op shops, pubs, mtn bike tracks and much more. We loved the cottage, great cooking facilities in the kitchen and its great furnishings. The bed was sooo very comfortable. Kay has done a terrific job of up-cycling this historic home.

Kay’s house is as lovely as she is. It was exactly what we needed after a day on the road. She made us feel very welcome, the room was very homely and Kay provided a very good spread for breakfast to set us up for another day on the road. Would most definitely recommend! Ps Kay, if you are reading this – Hello from Robe, which is between the great ocean road and Adelaide. Enjoy Thailand!

The basement is currently being repurposed as a venue for-   pop up wine bar – restaurant / live music & arts shows/ movie house/ function room /community events & celebrations/pop up shop

With your support, and some hard work, the basement will look more like this- the dimensions and look are similar, I have all the retro furniture and the bar, reclaimed from the old shop items found here. (picture used with approval ) There are some crafty locals that would present their crafts & vintage wares for sale here as well.


Enjoy a glass of wine or local  “Sailors Grave” beer in the genuine retro basement, stay for a live music performance or special wine tasting event and meal when we “pop up” over the warmer months showcasing local food, drink and artists.

By adding to the amenity of the building, the cultural life and tourist interest of our small town will be enhanced. 

Below-The fabulous Grigoryan Brothers at my recent house concert. 

Much more music to come in the basement…..  The brothers enjoyed the hospitality and warmth of the crowd and we all were dazzled by their beautiful music and expertise.

I have more quality concerts booked starting from the end of October with the              Go Fund Me campaign promotion concert on Sunday 29th, 5-7.30pm.


Orbost Victoria,is on the Snowy River, not far from where it meets the sea at Marlo. Here you will find magnificent unspoiled beaches and quiet rivers and estuary to enjoy the water any way you like, fishing, boating, beachcombing, swimming, kayaking, bird watching, cycling. Close to the East Gippsland Rail Trail.

 The bakery kitchen before……..


This is the flour room upstairs before it was emptied and cleaned up. Many an old baking treasure was found. The original French doors in the picture will be restored and used in the room.imageThe basement with original built in shelving and storage bins, which will be easily repurposed for many uses. Basement currently looks like this!  All vintage items will be displayed.


Reclaimed items on displayimage


Project History-ABC Gippsland radio did an extensive interview  in 2013 while the initial restoration was happening. It was featured on their website with a slide show of the progress from the beginning.  It gives a great background and history of the project. 

Here’s a link to ABC radio interview – Baking history restored in oven discovery 

In 2011, I bought a building in the main street of Orbost as I was fascinated by the abandoned rear area of the shops. Part of which houses an old Scotch oven that was used commercially until it closed around 1974. The oven is 16 cubic metres internal size, and quite rare as many were demolished when the large commercial bakeries like Sunicrust took over.

As the restoration progressed, so did the realisation of what a gem I had acquired, that was now coming back to life. The locals would visit with stories of when it was a busy manufacturing bakery as many of their relatives and friends worked here. they were happy to see it being saved and that it brought hope for the future of  the area.

From the moment the first fire was lit I was hooked, and I still get a buzz from seeing the fire blaze inside that huge oven.

A commercial kitchen was installed while keeping the original character and features in tact.image

 We used the oven for bread and Italian pizzas after being taught by an Italian couple that I hosted in my home for a month. Many a tasty (and burnt) meal has been baked since, while a cafe/Pizzaria was run here, since closed.image

 The room above the kitchen was originally used as a flour storage room, where the sacks were hauled up on a pulley from the beam over hanging the laneway. The dough was prepared there and rolled down ready for the oven.

I am fortunate to have found a specialist in restoration of historic brickwork. We are considering reducing the internal oven size to make it more efficient to use. This can be done so that it can be returned to original size easily if need be.image


My long term dream is to build a covered deck over the courtyard to take in the stunning view of the Snowy river, flood plain and distant hills a lovely spot to watch the day end from…..This will probably be stage 3!

Thank you for taking the time to have a look. I hope you have enjoyed the story..xxKay



November 5, 2017

Big day today moving old hardwood beams out by trolley to make room in the basement. Thanks Anne for your help, I can now continue to move stuff out ready for the wine bar/movie house/ etc.......



October 29, 2017

The floor upstairs has been replaced and the plumbing is in, thanks to a loan from my lovely son! Now is the time to pre book for the Summer holidays for a unique experience. Ideal present too..imageCelebrating the new floor and the view with friends

imageThe purge has begun, making room in the basement. people stopping and loading stuff into their cars, great, make use of it...


October 23, 2017

The purge has begun, for those that know me, I'm a bit of a bowerbird! I like to repurpose and pass on useful and interesting items. So have been giving it away as I clear out. Plenty more where this lot came from...image

October 23, 2017

 Have some great guys helping out with the building. Mark is a specialist in restoring old brickwork with traditional methods and lime mortar mix. Glen was a good find on an fb ad for Help Wanted.


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