Witches Chase Cheese Factory Phone: 07 5545 2032
Address: 165-185 Long Road, North Tamborine, Queensland 4272, Australia
Witches Chase Cheese Company began in 2004 when Meredith and Andre Morris bought the (now old) factory in Beacon Rd. They had a deep desire to produce handmade cheeses to go along with their passion for drinking great beer!
With a modification to the cheese factory and Andre’s cheese training and certification from Gilbert Chandler University in Melbourne, the little factory started to produce cheese in October 2004. With help from our instructor Neil Willman, we opened our doors in November 2004.
Our distinct tree logo and swing came from a line of Liquid Amber trees that adorned the driveway of Beacon Rd with a swing we put up for our daughter Sienna. We chose Witches Chase Cheese Company as our name, as the Witches Falls National Park was the first National Park in Queensland and the road that leads into it is called Witches Chase, which until December 2008 we were situated near.
In late 2008 the new factory at the southern end of Gallery walk opened (a five minute drive from the old location). The relocation and expansion enabled Andre and Meredith to add a few more of their favourite indulgences under the one roof. This time the Cheese Shop and Factory have been paired up with the Fortitude Brewing Company and a great Bistro & Grill now known as the “Long Road Bistro”.
With a great new location and many award winning cheeses the future looks bright for Witches Chase Cheese Co. and we look forward to writing the next paragraph.
We are proud and able to produce small batches of high quality cheeses, ice cream and yogurt using the freshest cow and goats milk from our newest allies The Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy. Minimal processing and products derived from pasture based animals is just a short drive from our factory, so we can guarantee the highest, creamiest quality in all our products.
We are happy to pay our farmers a premium for their milk as we believe in what they do and this enables them to take good care of their herd. Happy cows/goats gives us happy Milk which gives us award winning cheeses! We believe in using the finest French cultures combined with traditional methods and we use only Vegetarian Rennet.
So, how does a robotic dairy work and why do we choose to use Scenic Rim Robotic Dairy?
Normally, all the cows are herded in to be milked at the same time, whether they are ready or not. With this unique robotic system, the cows can enter the robots when they are ready….it’s a much nicer way to do things!
The Lely robots are basically machines which have been built around the cow. The cows are trained to enter the ‘robot’ by a placement of grain feed. Each cow has an electronic tag, which the robot ‘reads’ when the cow enters.
She is given a reward of feed grain according to her level of production. The robot cleans her teat, attaches the milk cups, then begins milking.
Happy cows means the best possible product for all of our cheeses!