History of Bodalla
Say Bodalla, and people say “cheese”. This area has been famous for excellent dairy products since the 1860’s and can boast the manufacture of Australia’s first commercial cheese and the first cheese to be exported from Australia.
At one time there were five cheese factories processing the marvelous quality milk from the many dairy herds grazing rich pastures along the Tuross River. Now there is just one – the Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory- and it is our mantra to keep alive artisan cheese making skills so the traditional industry of the area continues.
Bodalla is a charming, historic working village which supports a farming community. There are many aspects that remain as they have always been. The streetscape is dotted with original buildings which tell the tales of yesteryear and that’s how the locals like it.
If you have a chance to visit Bodalla, do. It is on Australia’s Highway No. 1, the Princes Highway, and the Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory and the Bodalla Dairy Shed retro-milkbar /café is a perfect stop. Things you can do at this multi-award winning complex;
- Look through the Bodalla Dairy’s factory window to see milk pastuerisation, milk
bottling in action, cheese making and learn about the dairy industry from videos and old equipment in the factory’s museum.
- You can taste and buy our cheeses in the Dairy Shed café,
- enjoy the best milkshakes on the South Coast at our Dairy Shed cafe, eat fabulous hamburgers and enjoy treats on the cheese inspired menu
- bottle feed calves and pat farm animals,
- relax on the outdoor deck, soothed by the tranquil surrounding farmland
- And if you really want to slow down, drop the heart rate, book into one of the Dairy Shed’s stylishly appointed guest rooms and wake to the sounds of native birds.
Next morning you can wander the village and meet the artisans who proudly explain their crafts.
The story behind the Factory front.
Bodalla Dairy Cheese Factory and the Bodalla Dairy Shed café is a family owned business run by family members and wonderful staff who realize the importance of detail. Huge efforts are put into assuring quality and professional presentation of product, whether it is the texture and mouth feel of a maturing cheese, or an apparently tiny concern like ensuring our Shedshakes are thick and to the brim, always.
Our boast is that OUR MILK (we label it THE BETTER MILK) comes from ONE herd of Freisian and Jersey cows which graze the nearby paddocks of our farm.
The milk of the morning is pasteurised an old-fashioned way, in a vat, not in hot pipes. We heat the milk gently, bringing it only to the lowest allowable pasteurizing temperature of 63 degrees. This method means our production will always be boutique and the product premium and that is the way we like it. We do not homogenize and so the cream will rise to the top….as it used to!
By mid morning, the early milking is in the café, in the milkshakes, in the coffees.
By afternoon, Bodalla Dairy milk is in the local shops. There can be no fresher milk.
Bodalla Factory Win’s Gold Tourism Award
It was a golden moment for the successful, family-owned dairy business, located at 52 Princes Highway in Bodalla, after winning the prestigious prize at the Awards ceremony in Batemans Bay on Wednesday, August 27.
he NSW South Coast Tourism Awards recognise outstanding tourism businesses offering the highest possible products and service to visitors across the entire South Coast region from Wollongong to Eden.
Bodalla Cheese Factory owner Sandra McCuaig said it was a wonderful surprise to win the Gold Tourist Attraction Award for the NSW South Coast.
“We are delighted to be applauded for our hard work and innovation at the Bodalla Cheese Factory, which has been producing premium dairy products for almost four years,” Ms McCuaig said.
“We are so proud to be recognised as a leading tourist attraction and luring visitors to the South Coast and surrounding areas – which has economic benefits for the entire region.”
Established in 2011, Bodalla Dairy and Cheese Factory is a family-owned and run business with a purpose-built factory that produces premium dairy products including milk and cheese. “Our dairy products are 100 per cent natural and proudly produced on the NSW South,” Ms McCuaig said.
s McCuaig said multi-award winning Bodalla cheese and milk products are among the healthiest dairy products in Australia and are available in supermarkets across the South Coast region, Braidwood, Bungendore and Canberra.
“Our premium cheeses are made with Bodalla milk that is pasteurised but not homogenised – which maintains taste and health benefits. Bodalla’s fresh milk is “Living milk” that is nature’s true health-care product. The nutritious, bone-building food also contains the a2 protein,” Ms McCuaig said.
“It’s very encouraging to see the strong growth of our premium dairy products right across the South Coast, Canberra and surrounding markets.”