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Cheese Making

The Cheese Shop

The secret to making world-class cheese is using world-class full cream milk.

Our local cheese plant sources milk from about 100 dairy farms, within a 120 kilometre radius of Burnie. It is superb dairy country. The salt-laden atmosphere, temperate climate, clean air, clear water and lush pastures allow the dairy herds to graze all year round. An environment nothing short of perfect for cheese making.

The facility was founded in 1955 by Milan Vyhnalek, a Czechoslovakian migrant whose vision was to make great cheese in the tradition of the master cheese makers of Europe. Now owned by Lion National Foods, the factory produces some of Australia’s most loved cheese brands, including the multi-award winning cheeses of Tasmanian Heritage, the broad appeal and mild flavours of Australian Gold as well as the sharp and crumbly cheddars of Mersey Valley.

It has an exemplary team of dedicated technical employees, many of whom are now second and third generation cheese makers, and some, who have brought their master cheese making skills from as far away as France and Switzerland.

From rich, creamy Camemberts, to sweet, intense Blues and uniquely sharp Cheddars, our brands are widely recognised for their quality and success. Just recently Tasmanian Heritage’s Red Square Washed Rind took home the coveted title of Grand Champion Cheese at the recent Australian Grand Dairy Awards. Discover for yourself how wonderful these delicious cheeses are by visiting the Cheese Shop at Makers' Workshop, Burnie. 

Making cheese

The Cheese Shop See what all the fuss is about...Visitors can taste our cheese for themselves at The Cheese Shop. There is a wide selection of specialty cheeses from the brands' premium ranges, as well as some odd shaped cheese at factory prices. Cheese experts are on hand and can offer tastings to assist you with your purchasing. Fantastic, perfectly ripe cheeses are ready for you to buy and eat today. Enjoy the cheeses, and a glass of Tasmanian wine, with a platter from the cafe.


Located at Makers' Workshop

Bass Highway, Burnie

T: 03 6430 5889

Open: 7 Days 9:00am to 5:00pm (Closed Good Friday, Christmas and Boxing Day)

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