Tasting and Tours
We are a working farm and factory so we are not normally open to the public or for cheese sales.
This year we’d like to start something new and are going to make ourselves available between cheese promotions, farm life and family commitments to share our story and cheeses.
Please look at our different tour packages below and call us to arrange a date to come and visit.
We look forward to meeting you all!
Warmest wishes …. The Haldanes
Availability – Seasonal from Oct 2013 to April 2014 by prior appointment only
Our preferred days for bookings are Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Thursdays. For advanced bookings a Monday or Friday may be possible.
Times: between 10 am and 3 pm
Due to food safety regulations and production scheduling it is not possible to see the actual cheese making process or walk through our factory.
Numbers: our building can fairly comfortably accommodate a large bus group of people. For more people we are happy to discuss options. There is a minimum number of people or minimum cost associated with each kind of tour. Please have a look at these before calling to book.
Tour 1: Cheese Please
Shaw River Buffalo Cheese talk and cheese tasting.
Come and visit the site of Shaw River Buffalo cheese in Yambuk. We’ll talk you through the history of the Haldane family, the beginnings of the buffalo milking industry of Australia and the cheese making business as it is now. The history of the Haldane family is a colourful one and we have many topics and adventures to speak of from fishing, farming exotic livestock to writing and illustrating award winning childrens books.
Enjoy learning about and sampling some of the different Shaw River Buffalo cheese products.
A range of our cheeses will be available to purchase on the day if this is of interest – please advise at time of booking to allow for sufficient stock to be set aside.
Time: 1.5 hours approx.
Cost: Groups of 20 people and under = flat rate of $100
Groups over 20 people = $5 per head
Minimum $100 per booking.
Group size: Max 1 bus group of adults at once is ideal, please call and discuss if wanting to book for more people. Smaller groups welcome.
Speaker(s) may vary and topics covered in talk can be tailored to relevancy to a groups interests.
Tour 2: Viking Horse experience
Learn about 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. Listen and learn from the Haldane girls about their involvement with these great horses. Explore the history of the breed from the viking age in Iceland to the modern pleasure riding and sport horse. End the tour by meeting and hugging real Icelandic horses.
Max group = 10 people
$10 per person or minimum of $100 per booking
– children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult.
Please allow approx. 1.5 hours
Before you come to the farm we’d like you to be aware that:
It is a working farm so we ask you to take care when around the horses and to listen clearly to the tour guides instructions. Approach fences and horses with caution – our fences are electrified and the horses are friendly but not always predictable.
Closed toed footwear must be worn when on the farm & with the horses. We reserve the right to refuse admission if suitable clothing or footwear is not worn.
Other things to do in Yambuk?
Yambuk Inn : combine a trip to Shaw River Buffalo cheese with a delicious lunch at Yambuks historic inn. Please contact the Inn directly to arrange bookings. Bookings for large groups essential. Meals available during the week upon request for groups of 12 or more people. 03 55684310
Codrington wind farm tours: please contact port fairy tourist information for more details.
Yambuk General store: enjoy a delicious takeaway coffee, icecream, send a postcard or stock up on Shaw river Buffalo cheese products from the General store/Post Office.
Yambuk Lake: the beautiful beach and river mouth of the Shaw River are very beautiful with good fishing. Keep your eyes out for the rare orange bellied parrot. For the more adventurous try out the famous Yambuk slide.
Tour Add on : ask us about adding a cheese tasting or picnic sampler pack to your Viking horse experience at a small extra cost.