Cheese from the sheep’s back near Nannup Western Australia

Sheep milking rig

Sheep milking rig

The South West of Western Australia is very rich farming country, and is fast becoming well known for the quality of its produce, be they fruit, wine, vegetables, cheeses, chocolates and even truffles.

One of the small producers here is Cambray Sheep Cheese, which is situated on the Vasse Highway about 12kms from Nannup on the Busselton side.

Based at Jarrah-Lea Springs, the farm, which is run by Bruce and Jane Wilde, is a very picturesque property that is located just far enough off the highway to give maximum peace and quiet.  They have farm cottages for those wanting to experience life on a small farm.  It is ideal for the family, as there are various types of animals which roam the property including turkeys. Geese, chickens, pigs, the sheep, of course, and the dogs (which are usually hard at work herding the sheep for milking).

These sheep are specially bred for the quality of their milk, and it is from this sheep’s milk that the cheeses are made.

Based on French recipes there are 12 different types of cheeses produced at the farm, both soft and hard varieties, as well as a Greek-style feta cheese.  All of these cheeses are aged for a minimum of 6 months so as to impart a unique flavour.

Visitors are more than welcome to watch the milking, and there is a window overlooking the cheese-making room so you can observe the process.  Best of all, there is free tasting in the farm shop – where no pressure is put on you to purchase.  

As this is also a good wine producing region, visitors are encouraged to bring their own wine with which to complement a cheese and fruit platter, with the cheeses and fruits all organically produced at the farm.

Cambray Sheep Cheese dairy is well signposted and definitely worth the visit, and the cheeses are so delicious I did buy without any pressure at all being exerted on me.

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