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The Great Ocean road is known for many things - not least of which are its world class ocean views and picturesque destinations like Anglesea, Warrnambool, Portland and Lorne. Today we introduce to you yet another reason to love regional Victoria - the Great Ocean Road Cheese Trail.

Timboon Cheesery
The Timboon Cheesery is a must do on the 12 Apostles Gourmet Trail. Handmade cheeses and local produce is available to sample and a garden surround by the scenic farmland is the ideal place to unwind. The fromagerie features LÁrtisan Cheeses and Shultz Organic Dairy produce alongside its own Timboon Dairy range of German style cheeses. Cheese tasting and cheese platter are on offer along with boutique roasted coffee and tea, scones and cream, local beer or wine.

23 Ford & Fells Road, Timboon

Apostle Whey Cheese
Located on the inland loop from the 12 Apostles, Apostle Whey Cheese is the home of award winning, delectable hand-made cheeses. Running a paddock to plate operation, all of its cheeses are made on-site from pure milk that has been produced by its specially bred herd of Aussie Red/Jerseys. Cheese tastings are free and little ones might be lucky enough to meet the resident donkeys.

9 Gallum Road, Cooriemungle, +61 437 894 337

Cheese World Warrnambool
Located across the road from the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, Cheese World tells the story of the local dairy industry through film, artefacts, photos and personal items belonging to early local dairy farming families. Complimentary tasting presentations are held hourly, providing the chance to sample the award winning Warrnambool Heritage brand cheeses.

5330 Great Ocean Rd, Allansford, +61 3 5565 3130

Shaw River Buffalo
Cheese Pioneers of water buffalo milking in Australia since 1996, Shaw River Buffalo Cheese crafts a range of cheeses and yoghurts from the milk of its herd of buffalo. Two tours are available at their property in Yambuk, enabling visitors to learn about the beginnings of the buffalo milking industry of Australia and the cheese making business as it is now. A second tour looks at the Haldane family’s herd of purebred Icelandic horses, the biggest in Australia. Watch spectacular footage of the 5 gaited horses and their most famous gait the tolt – no riding just hugging.

Princes Highway, Yambuk, +61 3 5568 4321

To learn more about what regional Victoria and Tasmania have to offer, read the Sharp Traveller inflight magazine.

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