To celebrate the recent release of the Cheese Slices one-hour Tasmanian special on the Lifestyle Channel, Tourism Tasmania have created a Cheese Slices Tasmania location guide retracing the places visited by cheese master Will Studd and acclaimed chef Tetsuya (Tets) Wakuda in the episode.
The Cheese Slices location guide was created for fans of the series and visitors with a passion for fine cheese and provenance, and allows them to explore the destinations visited by Will and Tets at their own leisure. The location guide can be downloaded from www.discovertasmania.com from today.
Part of the acclaimed Cheese Slices series, which follows Will Studd on his travels to artisan cheese making destinations around the world, the Tasmanian episode will showcase Tasmania’s passionate cheese-makers as well as the many excellent producers that contribute to Tasmania’s reputation as a food haven.
• A visit to the reputed Bruny Island Cheese Company where Will and Tets enjoy traditional, handmade cheese and beautiful wood-fired oysters with cheese maker Nick Haddow
• A trip to the Huon Valley to sample artisan cider produced from heritage apples
• Tastings of Tasmanian Highland Cheese (Thorpe Farm) and handmade cultured butter (Elgaar Farm)
• A trip to King Island to sample King Island Dairy’s famous cream and the island’s excellent seafood
• A visit to Heidi Farm to taste the famous Gruyere and Raclette and a stop at Ashgrove Farm to try their unique Wasabi flavoured cheese
CHEESE SLICES TASMANIA LOCATION GUIDE
Bruny Island is located on the south-east corner of Tasmania, with the Bruny Island Ferry, Mirambeena, departing from the seaside townships of Kettering (35 minutes south of Hobart) ten times daily. Departures take place from Kettering from 6:35am daily (7:45am on Sundays) with the last ferry departing from Bruny Island at 7:00pm (7:50pm on Fridays).
The ferry carries both passengers and vehicles with the journey taking approximately 15 minutes (car hire and public transport not available on Bruny Island).* Bookings on the ferry are not required.
Return ferry prices start from $28 ($33 on public holidays and public holiday weekends). Pensioner’s fares are $15 and Seniors Card fares start from $20.
For more information on the Bruny Island Ferry, visit http://www.brunyisland.com/island/ferry.php.
Bruny Island Cheese Company
Open daily, 11am – 4pm 1807 Main Road, Great Bay, Bruny Island, Tasmania 7150
T: 03 6260 6353
Bruny Island Cheese Company is owned and operated by artisan cheese maker Nick Haddow, and is situated on Bruny Island, accessed by ferry from the south of Tasmania. The cheeses are all made and matured using traditional techniques and are some of the finest artisan cheeses to be found in Australia.
HOBART & SURROUNDS
Huon Valley Huon Valley, 40 minutes south of Hobart
A drive through the Huon Valley will take you past scenic fruit orchards fed by rich soils, forests and tranquil riverside towns. It is a place to savour the fresh produce from the land and sea – sweet berries, crisp apples, full-flavoured wines, fresh salmon and shellfish.
Bothwell is one hours’ drive (73km /45 miles) northwest of Hobart
Open by appointment for large groups only
189 Dennistoun Road, Bothwell Tasmania 7030
T: 03 6259 5678
Located in Tasmania’s Central Highlands, Thorpe Farm is renowned for its legendary cheeses made from goat and sheep milk. The farm is owned and operated by John Bignell, a local legend who also supplies venison to restaurants and freshly milled flour to specialist bakers and chefs. John also grows and sells horseradish and wasabi, and exotic vegetables including the black salsify.
King Island is located approximately 80km northwest of Tasmania in Bass Strait. It can be reached via plane (call to book in advance).
Rex Airlines - 03 6462 1282 – Currie / 131713 – Melbourne
Tasair - 03 6462 1070 / 03 6427 9777
King Island Airlines - 03 6462 1000 – Currie / 03 9580 3777 – Moorabbin
Charter Flights - 03 6462 1112 / 0408 500 012
RL Aviation - 03 5294 1387 – Ceres / Geelong
No public transport is available on the island. Cars can be hired from P & A Car Rentals (A: 1 Netherby Road, Currie, King Island T: 03 6462 1603) or King Island Car Rental (A: 2 Meech Street, Currie, King Island T: 03 6462 1282)
King Island Dairy
Open daily from 12 noon to 4:30pm (except Saturdays)
Closed on Wednesdays from May to October
North Road, Loorana Tasmania 7256
T: 03 6462 1348
Located on Bass Strait’s most remote island, King Island Dairy’s masterfully handcrafted and internationally renowned products are created using pure, sweet King Island milk produced from the herds which graze on some of the lushest and cleanest pastures in the world. Visit the Fromagerie to sample the King Island range of products and see cheeses maturing in the cellar.
NORTH WEST COAST
Elizabeth Town is 40 minutes from Launceston and 25 minutes from Devonport
Open daily from 7:30am to 6:00pm (5:00pm from May to September)
Closed on Christmas Day 6173 Bass Highway, Elizabeth Town Tasmania 7304
T: 03 6368 1105
Owned and run by the Bennett families, Ashgrove Cheese is renowned for its award-winning Cheddar style cheeses that are handcrafted on-site. The farm is also famous for its unique cheese flavours (made with locally grown ingredients) including a Wild Wasabi cheese, a smoked cheddar, bush pepper, outback red and lavender. A visit to Ashgrove would not be complete without trying the farm’s butter, ice cream and pure natural cream. The Bennett’s have been producing milk on the farm for over five generations, and are connoisseurs in creating outstanding dairy products.
*Heidi Farm’s cheese can be tasted here