The Margaret River region, in Western Australia, is somewhat unique when it comes to dairy destinations. Positioned on a cape and surrounded by ocean on three sides, it’s known for its isolation, coastline, beautiful vineyards and Mediterranean climate. This amazing combination making the ideal conditions for decadent dairy produce and a trip of a lifetime.
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Dairy Destination Experiences: Millers Ice Creamery, Margaret River Chocolate Company, Yallingup Cheese Company, Margaret River Dairy Company, Simmo's Ice Creamery, Margaret River Farmers Market, Harvey Cheese, Bannister Downs Dairy
Where to stay: Simala Retreat, Cowamarup Eco Studio, Crow Bar Cottage Cowaramup, Cullen Wines Homestead, BIG4 Taunton Farm
Dairy Destination Experiences
Millers Ice Creamery
Located on the periphery of the Margaret River area, Millers Ice Creamery in Cowaramup is a must-visit for all the family.
Trish and Paul Miller, third generation dairy farmers took up the challenge of diversifying their offering into ice cream production in 2010. Although they no longer run the dairy farm, as of 2020, their ice creamery is surrounded by dairy pastures with 100% of the milk supplied by local farms.
The ice creamery is a scenic place to relax while enjoying a scoop (or two) of one of their 26 delicious ice cream flavours. Adults can also enjoy a break with a farm-fresh scoop and a coffee while the kids blow off steam in the playground.
For more information, please visit Millers Ice Creamery.
Margaret River Chocolate Company
A must for any sweet tooth – the Margaret River Chocolate Company is a chocolate lovers dream, not to mention they offer free tastings for all the family.
Come and see the professional Chocolatiers hand craft award-winning chocolates through the Chocolate Viewing Window or simply enjoy a coffee in the Chocolate Cafe and indulge with a slice of fresh house-made cakes.
For more information, please visit The Margaret River Chocolate Company.
Yallingup Cheese Company
Yallingup Cheese has been producing an artisan range of Cow and Goat cheese since 2015.
The cheesemakers at Yallingup are passionate about working with locally sourced dairy to craft their cheeses with their main sources being Scapegoat Dairy and Margaret River Organic creamery.
The Yallingup Cheese Company Cheese Room is the perfect destination to relax and experience Margaret River produce at its finest. Guests are invited to sit outside overlooking the beautiful lake and enjoy a seasonal platter of cheese paired with a delicious glass of wine.
For more information, please visit Yallingup Cheese Company.
Margaret River Dairy Company
The Margaret River Dairy Company is an icon of the community, proudly crafting gourmet cheese and yoghurts for everyone to enjoy.
Their story began in 1966 when a group of Italian artisan cheesemakers began selling their farmhouse ricotta cheeses in a small store in suburban Perth. They moved to the South west over 30 years ago to be even closer to the rich soils and green pastures loved by dairy cattle.
For more information, please visit The Margaret River Dairy Company.
Simmo's Ice Creamery
There is no secret to the great tasting ice cream at Simmo's. The magic happens when they take the best ingredients, mix them with wonderful local full-cream milk and freeze them with the care and passion that only an ice cream lover can understand.
Whilst they scoop the classic and traditional flavours – their sense of adventure and passion have guided them to create over 60 unique flavours.
For more information, visit Simmo's Ice Creamery.
Margaret River Farmers Market
Established in 2002, Margaret River Farmers' Market has been working hard to bring the freshest seasonal food directly from farmers and producers to the local community.
Margaret River Farmers' Market connects hard-working farmers to consumers; it connects consumers to their food source and the seasons; it allows a fantastic space and place for the community to come together every week; it lowers food miles and strengthens the local economy.
For more information, please visit The Margaret River Farmers Market.
Harvey Cheese is a family owned and operated business, specialising in making gourmet cheese to time-honoured methods using only the freshest, creamiest milk. As well as offering their artisan handmade cheeses to buy in the shop you can book a cheesemaking class and learn from Head Cheesemaker, Robert St Duke. The classes are great fun and you can take home the cheese you make as well as notes and materials about the cheeses. This is a must stop for cheese lovers on the South Western Highway on your way from Perth to Margaret River.
For more information or to book your experience, please visit Harvey Cheese.
Bannister Downs Dairy
Founded in 1924 in Northcliffe by pioneers Edith & James Daubney, Bannister Downs Dairy Farm was named after Edith, whose maiden name was Bannister. Nearly a century later, the farm is still family owned and now managed by their grandson, Mat and his wife Sue.
Mat and Sue are devoted to creating a place where the team are proud to belong, the welfare of their cows is paramount, and their product is processed to achieve the highest possible quality. All aspects of energy use have been designed to minimise waste, as they make every effort to look after our environment.
Bannister Downs have an onsite café so can welcome visitors to see the facility in production firsthand, as well as enjoy a coffee, cake or light meal.
For more information, please visit Bannister Downs Dairy.
Where to stay
Simala Retreat is a new contemporary stay, perfect for couples, located on 40 acres of natural bio-diverse forest, surrounded by beautiful vineyards and vast dairy country of the Margaret River region.
All accommodation is one bedroom, with a focus on privacy and style. The retreat is most suitable for couples or small groups. The outlook is postcard vista, with breath-taking views of the forest, adjacent vineyards and dam.
For more information and to book your stay, please visit Airbnb.
Cowamarup Eco Studio
The Cowaramup Eco Studio is a fully self-contained AirBnB within a quiet neighbourhood of the famous Margaret River region. Nestled amongst the serene bushland of Parkwater Estate, the open plan studio has been thoughtfully designed and built by @lurieconcepts with an emphasis on sustainability and 'healthy home' principles.
For more information or to book your stay, please visit Airbnb.
Crow Bar Cottage Cowaramup
Built in 2019 to take in views across the neighbouring farm land. You can walk to the coffee shops and stunning dairy region of Cowaramup, yet feel like you are away from crowds.
Just a short bike ride to the Wadandi Track- you could even cycle to Margaret River and back. Close to wineries and a 10 minute drive to the coast. A very central location to all that this corner of the south west offers without the hustle and bustle.
For more information or to book your stay, please visit Airbnb.
Cullen Wines Homestead
The Homestead is a wonderful family holiday home located across the road from Cullen Wines.
Ideal for individuals, couples and families, and also corporate groups, the peaceful country surroundings set the scene for a relaxing and rejuvenating experience.
Built in 1976 by Diana and Kevin Cullen, the founders of the Cullen Wines, the Homestead is constructed from local granite rock and timber with sweeping panoramic views over the striking Margaret River countryside and local vineyards.
For more information or to book your stay please visit Airbnb.
BIG4 Taunton Farm
BIG4 Taunton Farm is a rural Holiday Park right in the heart of the Margaret River wine, food, nature and surf region of Western Australia.
Base yourself in the park to explore nearby caves, wineries, surf beaches, whale watching cruises and much more around Margaret River and Cowaramup. Return to feed the farm animals in the peaceful farm environment.
For more information or to book your stay, please visit BIG4 Taunton Farm.
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