Sunshine Coast

Enjoy all that the Sunshine Coast Hinterland dairy region has to offer, by grazing your way through the award-winning dairy products that the area is so famous for. Whether it be enjoying a panoramic view of the rolling hills and cheese tasting at a dairy factory or immersing yourself in a true farm stay experience – there really is something for everyone.

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Dairy Destination Experiences: Maleny Dairies, Maleny Cheese Cafe, Woombye Cheese Company, Kenilworth Dairies, Maleny Food Co Cheese Shop, Cotton Tree Ice Creamery

Where to stay: Wittacork Dairy Cottages, McCarthy Grove Maleny, McCarthy Lake House Maleny, Bendles Cottages Maleny

Dairy Destination Experiences

Maleny Dairies

Maleny Dairies is a family owned and operated business – and you can't go past their award-winning dairy products while you’re visiting the Sunshine Coast.

Located in the picturesque hills of Maleny, Queensland Australia, a tour of the Maleny Dairy farm invites you to visit a patch of paradise on the Sunshine Coast Hinterland, to see where the dairy magic happens.

The tour showcases the process of dairy production from start to finish – from the cow to the processing plant and finally the output of a delicious range of milks, yoghurts, custard and cream (which you can of course taste test!) and provides an enjoyable and informative experience for the whole family.

During the tour you can cuddle up to some farmyard friends, feed the animals and watch a hand milking demonstration. Afterwards you can enjoy a wide selection of dairy products to taste test in the Milk Bar.

For more information visit Maleny Dairies.

Maleny Cheese Cafe

If you’re looking for a true paddock to plate experience – then be sure to visit the Maleny Cheese Cafe.

To get a real taste of the Sunshine Coast’s dairy region, you can enjoy lovingly handcrafted cheese and yoghurt from pure, locally sourced milk, while overlooking the working dairy factory.

With a seasonally inspired menu that uses regionally sourced pantry ingredients to complement their dairy products – Maleny Cheese invites you to have a taste of pure Queensland dairy.

For more information visit Maleny Cheese Cafe.

Woombye Cheese Company

Head over to Woombye Cheese Company to experience fresh, handcrafted cheese made in one of this country’s most beautiful dairy regions.

With panoramic views of the rolling green Hinterland hills, creeks and bushland – each day Woombye create and produce all of their cheese by hand, using traditional methods with care and experience.

Their award-winning range of handcrafted cheeses includes Camembert, Triple Cream Brie, Truffle Triple Cream Brie, Blackall Gold (washed rind) and Vintage Cheddar – and they are a must try for any cheese lover.

For more information visit Woombye Cheese.

Kenilworth Dairies

Kenilworth is a small but vibrant Sunshine Coast Hinterland town, known for its rich history in producing the very best dairy.

At Kenilworth Dairies, every item produced in the factory can be purchased at their Cellar Door Cheese shop – you can pick up some classic soft, blue or cheddar cheese or experiment with their specialty and gourmet flavoured products.

And no visit to Kenilworth Dairies is complete without tasting handmade Poppa’s Ice Cream – which will be sure to keep the kids happy while you enjoy all the Cellar Door has to offer.

For more information visit Kenilworth Dairies.

Maleny Food Co Cheese Shop

A must-visit for any cheese lover – at the Maleny Food Co. cheese shop, you can try some of the finest Australian cheeses made by artisan cheese makers.

Maleny Food Co. is one of the premier cheese shops in Australia, and with a selection of more than 250 cheeses – you can enjoy favourites such as Brie, Swiss, French and Raclette cheeses, as well as a range of gourmet cured meats and fresh organic pâtés.

The Maleny Food Co. fromagerie team know cheese and want you to enjoy the very best quality products with your family and friends. The team can assist you with the design of a stunning cheese tower, in preparing gourmet platters or cheese tasting plates – or just recommend the perfect cheese to pair with your wine.

You can contact the fromagerie team to arrange a cheese consultation here, or visit Maleny Food Co for more information.

Cotton Tree Ice Creamery

The Cotton Tree Ice Creamery is unlike any ice cream you’ve ever tasted – and a must try when visiting the Sunshine Coast.

The founders Cate and Peter started off making and selling handmade fudge and ice cream at their first shop, and due to the popularity of their treats they opened Cotton Tree Ice Creamery, where Peter proudly churns his own small batch ice cream daily.

Peter’s method of handmaking the ice cream means it has far less air whipped into it making it extra creamy ice cream, and it’s no wonder why hundreds of people turn up each day to get their fix.

For more information visit Cotton Tree Ice Creamery.

Where to stay

Wittacork Dairy Cottages

The Wittacork Dairy Cottages invite you to experience a genuine Australian farm stay, that has something for the whole family to enjoy.

Wittacork is a modern working dairy farm on 700 acres, containing over 150 acres of pristine rainforest. The farm adjoins Lake Baroon and Kondalilla National Park and is a Land for Wildlife registered property.

Between 7am and 4pm each day, guests are invited to experience a range of farm activities – including collecting eggs, touring the dairy farm, feeding goats and pigs, and helping to bottle feed baby calves.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Wittacork Dairy Cottages.

McCarthy Grove Maleny

Just an hour drive north of Brisbane – McCarthy Grove is situated in the heart of Maleny on the Sunshine Coast.

Situated on your very own 14 acres of lush green land, with over 500 metres of creek frontage – McCarthy Grove is where Fryers and Walkers creek join at a quaint English inspired bridge, and continues on to the beautiful Baroon Pocket Dam.

McCarthy Grove is located a short drive away from the beautiful main street of Maleny, where you can enjoy a broad selection of award-winning cafes and restaurants all the while maintaining the charm of a regional, rural town.

Directly opposite the iconic Maleny Dairy, you can experience all that the farm has to offer – with fully guided farm and factory tractor tours, as well as the onsite café, where you can try the national award-winning produce that the region is famous for.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Airbnb.

McCarthy Lake House, Maleny

The McCarthy Lake House offers a tranquil and spacious getaway, perfect for those looking to explore all that Maleny has to offer.

Surrounded by lakes, the 3.5 hectare property is bustling with wildlife – and is an ideal location to experience picturesque hikes and trails nearby.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Airbnb.

Bendles Cottages, Maleny

Located centrally in the beautiful Sunshine Coast Hinterland Mountains, Bendles offers cosy, private and romantic cottages specifically for couples.

Scattered amongst picturesque gardens, there are five individual cottages in Maleny, accommodating 10, with an additional large garden villa in Montville with a private rainforest and boardwalk and accommodating 6.

Central to the Maleny town, there is plenty to do and explore – and being in the heart of the dairy region, you will never be far from premium quality cheese that can be enjoyed in your cottage by the fireplace.

For more information or to book your stay please visit Airbnb.

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