- Full Experience: Approximately 3 1/2 hours.
- Flight Time: Approximately 33 minutes there and 37 minutes back.
- Depart: Lakes Entrance Airfield, East Gippsland at 11:15am in time for a noon lunch.
- Destination: Expected time on the ground at Maffco is approximately 2 hours.
- Product Code: HELI7
* Note: This Heli Experience is suitable for 2-3 people (3rd person $75 extra) and includes lunch. Bookings essential as this Heli Experience is subject to availability, weather and weight restrictions.
A 100-year-old derelict factory, a couple of locals with a dream and a community who rolled up their sleeves to help – Maffra’s brand new Maffco Brewery & Taphouse already boasts a solid yarn. The former milk-factory-come-farm-supplies-store was derelict for so long, it was very nearly sold for its bricks. Thankfully, the owners were holding out for a better offer that would breathe new life into their community.
So, it was a welcome visit when beef farmer and stock agent, Nicky Reeves, and secondary college teacher, Lashay Tricker, came forth with a dream of seeing local beef – including their own – hitting the plates of a bustling brewery. Their vision was to put the tiny village of Maffra on the epicurean map by complementing the area’s bourgeoning foodie scene. A clutch of award-winning wineries and the heavy hitter destination restaurant, Tinamba Hotel, are in the town’s orbit.
The renovation was an inspiring story of community spirit. The tradespeople, the brewer and distiller are all local. Working-bees saw committed locals come out in droves to help. The renovation was regularly interrupted as community members dropped in with old photos, stories and original milk bottles that have since been recessed into the wall to preserve and display them. Everything that could be salvaged has been, from original beams to an old out-building, even the bar and restaurant furniture has been made using the old exterior cladding and fences.
The hyper-local vibe has continued since the doors opened. Hearty and delicious meals celebrate a host of nearby small-scale producers, including beef from Nicky and Lashay’s own farm, of course. Maffco pale ale, lager and farmhouse ales are sliding across the bar and we’re eagerly awaiting the first batches of the distillery’s gin, vodka and rum.
A whole new story is just beginning for this reborn Gippsland gem.
Don’t forget to pack your camera!