Cheese World is situated on Australia\\'s Great Ocean Road right in the dairy heartland of South West Victoria and just twelve kilometres east of the coastal City of Warrnambool. Acknowledged as one of the regions most popular attractions Cheese World offers free cheese tasting, sales of locally made cheeses, wine, honey and gourmet jams.
Take a trip back in time in the farming museum which provides a unique view of the local dairy industry and its contribution to the history and development of the region. Take a look through our site, purchase some products or come and visit us in person.
The Robert Ulmann Studio of noted wildlife artist, Robert Ulmann, and his daughter, Justine, a botanical artist, is open to visitors. On open farmland overlooking the sea, the studio is situated four kilometres east of the Hopkins River Bridge in Warrnambool. Please close the gate behind you. A fine selection of original watercolours, ink, linocuts, acrylics and oils are available, as well as prints, cards and whale charts. Most works are matted but unframed, and easily packed for safe travel. Robert Ulmann studied sculpture and painting in Zurich before emigrating to Canada where he initiated handicraft programs for Inuit in isolated settlements across the central Arctic. His paintings and prints of wildlife from Australia and overseas fill a beautiful studio overlooking the famous Logans Beach whale nursery at Warrnambool. In September 1989 an Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) documentary on Robert Ulmann's work as a wildlife artist, with special emphasis on his love of the Southern Right Whale, was shown on television. A Brush with Nature, the first program filmed in the Wildscreen series, has had ten repeats in Australia and been shown around the world, even being dubbed into Thai. Robert and his work were also featured in Penny Olsen's book Feather and Brush: Three centuries of Australian Bird Art, CSIO Publishing, 2001. The book was dedicated to Robert. Robert's daughter, Justine, having completed a Ph.D at Melbourne University on the depiction of insects in Japanese Rimpa painting, is continuing the Ulmann family tradition of painting the natural world. She studied botanical illustration at the Royal Botanic Gardens with Dianne Emery, and has her own small studio and gallery, Ulmann Art on Canning Street in Carlton, just north of the Exhibition Buildings and Museum.
Cheese World promotes the local dairy industry through offering tastings and sales of award winning cheddar cheeses produced across the road at the Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory. The aim of the business is to promote local gourmet products to the visitors who stop here on their way along the Great Ocean Road. Educational information on the local dairy industry both past and present is offered through a modern cheese making video filmed in the factory and a walk back in time through the local history museum. The museum houses artefacts, photos and personal items belonging to early local dairy farming families. The factory was first established on this site in 1888 and has continued to grow to become a major contributor to the local economy. The Cheese Museum shows the history of the company and the local dairy industry. Enjoy lunch or a snack in the licensed cafe. Cheese platters and ploughman's lunches are a speciality. In the 2010 Dairy Industry Australia Association Dairy Product Competitions, the factory collected three major national awards. The coveted Chair Hansen cup and trophy which recognises the highest scoring cheddar cheese and the Tetra Pak Perpetual trophy for the highest aggregate score for cheddar cheese. Pepper and garlic was named the best flavoured cheese in Victoria, the cheddar won the Kraft Perpetual shield and trophy and the Cheese Museum won the J Sharkey Memorial Trophy for the best vintage cheddar. The Sungold fresh milk was acknowledged as the best in Victoria by taking out the DIAA Victoria Milk award. Warrnambool vintage cheddar won Australia's best vintage cheese award in the 2011 DIAA Grand Dairy Awards. Commendation award 2010 ABC Radio National Regional Museum Awards. Free hourly cheese tastings.