Frequently Asked QuestionsFAQ's
Awassi Cheesery is all about ‘sharing’ our beautiful farm with you.
Whether you just want to taste our amazing Awassi Sheep Cheese or relax in the Orchard, you are welcome to do as little or as much as you like.
Throughout your visit, we share stories about our Awassi Sheep and of course our Awassi Artisan Cheeses. We also offer group bookings for private lunches in the Orchard. Tea and Coffee are always complimentary – as we say, the Jug is always on!
Our farm dog ‘Bamboo’ is always on hand to welcome you to the farm, and he loves a game of ‘totem tennis’ or to walk with you around the Orchard.
Is Awassi Cheesery COVID safe?
Yes. Awassi Cheesery has QLD Health Accreditation. We require all guests to sign in for their visit with Awassi Cheesery. Bus groups can supply their travel manifest or a copy of the names of the group that are visiting. As we are an open-air venue – masks are not required, unless QLD Health directs us to implement them. Our facilities are cleaned several times a day to ensure a safe environment for all of our farm visitors.
Do you have wheelchair access?
Yes – Awassi Cheesery has wheelchair carparking and wheelchair compliant toilet facilities.
Is the farm suitable for wheely walkers?
Yes – Awassi Cheesery has flat ground and easy accessibility for all types of wheelchair walkers.
Is there a lot of walking involved on a farm tour?
No – Our purpose-built Cheesery, Outlet Building and Milking Bales are located in one area. Whether you are looking into the Cheese Room through our viewing window or wanting to see where we milk, you do not have to walk far.
Can we watch the sheep being milked?
Unfortunately, we only milk once a day, and this is early in the morning – so if you would like to get up early and do an early visit to the farm you are welcome to book in for this experience.
Do we need to book?
Bookings with Awassi is not essential but preferred. All our Awassi Events are ticketed and therefore will need a booking. A booking with Awassi ensures that we have allocated your seating and visit. Tours groups will need to book their visit with Awassi direct at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our opening hours are Thursday to Sunday 11 am to 4.30 pm – we open other days for group bookings and special events.
Can we feed lambs at Awassi Cheesery?
At Awassi we ‘share our milk’ – this means that we do not take our Lambs off their mums. We pride ourselves on sustainable farming and ensure that all of our lambs are bonded with their Mums, mother nature is so wonderful. In some seasons we may end up with an Orphan lamb or a twin that needs extra milk. Feeding lambs at Awassi is not a scheduled event.
Can we get up close and personal with the sheep?
Awassi Sheep are Heritage sheep and rare in Australia. Our Awassi girls wander around the farm grazing throughout the day. Some of our Awassi girls are friendly and happy for you to walk up ‘slowly’ to them. We ask that you respect our Farming practices and not wander around the farm chasing our Sheep. As we are a working farm – sometimes the sheep are grazing in paddocks that may not be close to the outlet.
What is there to do at Awassi Cheesery?
Awassi Cheesery is all about ‘sharing’ our beautiful farm with you. Whether you just want to taste our Amazing Awassi Sheep Cheese and relax in the Orchard, you are welcome to do as little as you like. Throughout your visit, we share stories about our Awassi Sheep and of course our Awassi Artisan Cheeses. We also offer group bookings for private lunches in the Orchard. Tea and Coffee are always complimentary – as we say, the Jug is always on! Our farm dog ‘Bamboo’ is always on hand to welcome you to the farm, and he loves a game of ‘totem tennis’ or to walk with you around the Orchard.
Contact us via email to book your tour– email@example.com
Can we bring our dog to Awassi Cheesery?
No – We are a working farm and have strict Bio-security measures in place to ensure the health and safety of our Awassi Flock. We ask that you respect our farming Bio-security plan and not ask to bring dogs to our farm.
Can we buy cheeses direct from the farm gate?
Yes – All of the cheese that you taste is available to purchase from our Farm Gate Outlet. Our range of cheeses may change throughout the seasons – but we always ensure that you have a great variety to choose from. We also make our Fig and Ginger Jam, Fig Balsamic and Honey Balsamic on the farm and always have plenty for you to purchase. Awassi Honey from our hives is also another great favourite in our Awassi Cheesery Outlet Shop.
Can we buy drinks?
Tea/Coffee and Iced Water are complimentary to your visit at Awassi. We support local businesses and sell ‘Crows Nest’ soft drinks. We are BYO for all other drinks. We do not have a ‘Liquor License’ however provide wine glasses and ice buckets as complimentary.
Can we order food?
We offer cheese tasting platters as part of your Awassi Cheese Visit. We are not a café and do not have a menu. Our Awassi events and private function bookings offer a set menu that is all about our farm produce and products from other local businesses.
Our events include ‘The Big Fat Lamb Lunch’ and ‘High Cheese’. Bus and Group visits can be tailored to your requirements.
As we only offer one set menu, we suggest that before you make a booking with us that you ensure that our menu is suitable for your guests.
Do you have a wet weather plan?
Yes. We have undercover seating in our Outlet building and have Marquees available. We will only cancel events under severe weather warnings and will notify our guests via email or phone.
What is on the Cheese Platter?
Our cheese platter has a great selection of the Awassi Sheep cheeses that we make in our boutique cheese factory. Our Labneh and Feta are our soft cheeses and our hard cheeses include our location cheese ‘Grantham’. Grantham is called Grantham because we do not live in Cheddar! Awassi Cheesery also makes a traditional Pecorino that has been aged in the ripening rooms. A platter selection at Awassi includes two soft and four hard cheeses, and our Fig and Ginger Jam, and biscuits.
Do you cater for dietary requirements and food allergies?
Yes. We have gluten-free biscuits and breads available for all cheese tastings and set menus. We can cater for individual requirements with prior notice. When booking with Awassi Cheesery please advise at the time of your booking to ensure we can cater for you. Due to our set menu for functions and events, we ask you to check if our food is suitable before booking.
Where can we buy your cheeses?
Awassi Cheeses are only available direct from the farm. We do not stock our product in any stores, and we do not sell any of our products to any food venues, including restaurants and cafes. At Awassi Cheesery we are all about being the direct supplier of our premium products. We offer a direct delivery service for all our cheese and seasonal farm produce. We do our own delivery to ensure our products are direct from our farm to you. Our delivery areas include Toowoomba, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast. We deliver twice a month – our delivery schedule is available through our online store.
Our ‘Cheese Culture Club’ is a monthly delivery. With no joining fees, this is a great way to have a selection of our cheeses delivered directly to your door. The ‘Cheese Culture Club’ delivery includes new cheese creations as well as our ‘Cheese Lovers’ long time favourites.
Special orders for our Bespoke Cheeses can also be made by contacting us directly through our email address firstname.lastname@example.org
What do we need to bring to Awassi?
As we are an outdoor venue, we suggest that you bring a hat and any other personal items that you may require during your visit. If you are choosing to have a supervised walk around the farm – we suggest that you wear suitable footwear. Tea/coffee and iced water are complimentary to your visit. We are BYO and provide wine glasses and ice buckets.
How long can we stay at Awassi?
Our opening hours are Thursday to Sunday – 11.30 am to 4.30 pm. We open on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday for Group Tours and Private booked functions. A cheese tasting at Awassi Cheesery for group bookings is a min of 1.5 hours, a group booking for a luncheon at Awassi Cheesery is 3 hours. Our Orchard is the perfect place to sit, relax and enjoy our Amazing farm food. You are welcome to stay as long as you like.
Are there children's facilities?
Awassi Cheesery is a working farm. We look forward to welcoming all our guests to share in our farm experience. We have a designated area for our guests to sit and relax in the Orchard and ask that children always remain supervised. We have yard games available for all of the guests to enjoy. Our Frisbee Golf is also a great way to enjoy the Avocado Orchard. Our farm dog Bamboo is happy to receive some attention from all guests. We ask that Children be respectful to all of our farm animals.
How do we get to Awassi Cheesery?
Our farm address is 776 Sandy Creek Rd, Grantham, AUSTRALIA 4347
Sandy Creek Road is a No Through Road. Our farm is located on a dirt road – please drive carefully to suit the road conditions. Sandy Creek Road begins at the Intersection of Lawlers Road – this is the easiest way to navigate to us – from Lawlers Road.
Coming from Toowoomba you will need to take the Gatton/Grantham exit. You have 2 options to navigate to Sandy Creek Road. You can continue Right onto the Gatton/Helidon Road towards Gatton and take a left-hand turn under a railway bridge to get onto Lawlers Road, where you turn right onto Lawlers Road and take the next turn left into Sandy Creek Road.
Option 2 is to stay left off the Warrego Hwy into Helidon (Turner Street) and then go under the first railway bridge and turn right onto Lawlers Road – Please note the height of the bridge for your vehicle. Follow Lawlers Road for approx. 5 klms and then turn left into Sandy Creek Road. If your vehicle is too high for the Bridge you will need to continue into Helidon and take the railway overpass. This Street is called Mary McKillop, turn right into Arthur Street and then right into George Street and follow onto Lawlers Road.
Coming from Brisbane you will need to take the Helidon Exit off the Warrego Hwy. You will need to stay left onto Lawlers Road and follow for approx. 5 klms, where you will turn left into Sandy Creek Road. (Two left turns off the Warrego Hwy).
Once on Sandy Creek Road, you will come to a fork in the road – the road/street sign is for you to stay left and continue along Sandy Creek Road. Our farm is located on the right-hand side – with a sign AWASSI CHEESERY.
If the Farm Gate is open – there is no need to phone for Biosecurity. Please enter and enjoy what we have to offer.
ON THE FARM – Weddings & Event Hire
A unique wedding venue set against a backdrop of Avocado groves.
If you are after a relaxed country wedding with a touch of sophistication, then Awassi and Avocado Orchard will be a memorable day for everyone.
Our Venue is available for hire – our hire includes full use of our farm gate outlet.
You are welcome to use your own ‘Wedding Planner’ and caterer, or alternatively, our specialist Wedding Planner – Bebe’s Country Weddings is available for this venue exclusively.
Photo: Tennille Fink Photography
ON THE FARM - Complete Cheese Experience
A full day of cheese fun at Awassi Cheesery includes breakfast and lunch.
The day starts at 8.00 am for milking and ends at 4.30 pm with cheese tasting and a well-earned glass of wine!!!
The 'Complete Cheese Experience' offered at Awassi Cheesery is an amazing day of learning and getting hands-on with making cheese, being the cheese maker for the day!
You will learn about what makes our Awassi milk so special while getting up close and personal with our Awassi girls.
Ever wondered 'how different cheeses are made?’ The Awassi Cheesery 'Complete Cheese Experience' - is an amazing opportunity to learn about how different cheeses are made - from a camembert to our farmstead Grantham - you will have an unforgettable day being part of the Awassi Team!
$250 per person
ON THE FARM – Big Fat Lamb Lunch
What a way to experience all that Awassi Cheesery has to offer. Our long table lunch is certainly the highlight of each month. We offer the ultimate ‘Paddock to Plate ‘ experience. Sharing food and friends in the Avocado Orchard is certainly a great way to spend a day on the farm.
Our menu consists of six courses of fabulous farm produce. Our Awassi Lamb is the highlight of this special menu – slow cooked for 12 hours, it will melt in your mouth. Other signature Awassi dishes include our Awassi baked Cheesecakes, and our special Awassi Blue Pecorino – served with our naturally harvested honey combe.
Partway through our lunch, we take you on a tour around the farm and the Cheese room, we love sharing our beautiful farm with beautiful people.
ON THE FARM - An Evening With The Owls
This is undoubtedly a highlight for all our guests that have attended this special event. An Evening with the Owls is one event that you do not want to miss. The night starts with our famous Awassi Cheeseboards and Awassi lamb burgers. As the lights go down we all get ready for the Owls to take centre stage.
Jason will educate you about these amazing creatures and the Owls will entertain you with individual prowess. We limit our numbers to this event to ensure that you are up close and personal to these majestic birds. Individual photos are available after the show. Our evening concludes with our Awassi Ice Cream – dare we say this is also a HOOT!.
HIGH CHEESE @ AWASSI – In The Orchard
There is something special about creating Cheese dishes for the discerning Cheese Lover. By using special local ingredients and cheese, of course, we take you on a Cheese journey. We start the afternoon with our savoury cheese dishes. Did you know that Halloumi can be cooked in 4 different ways? We have created a very unique menu that will give you some amazing serving suggestions for your own entertaining.
A little love from our guests.
Delicious cheeses to try in a lovely setting.
"Loved seeing the Awassi sheep being milked (whilst their lambs set up a cacophony of bleating "Muuumm"). A very relaxing lunch tasting the various cheeses under the flowering avocado tree. David and Di are amazingly busy but producing a delicious product. We came home with some cheeses and a jar of their delicious honey.
Well worth the visit on our way home to Brisbane from Toowoomba."
Sarah14Alex - Trip Advisor - August 2021
Evening With Owls
"Special Event - Evening with Owls.
A wonderful night, great food/cheese/ice cream all from farm produce. The experience with the Owls only added to an event well worth going to. Host and Hostess and staff were all so friendly."
Regit1950 - Trip Advisor - July 2021
"We decided to visit Awassi Cheesery spur of the moment. We enjoyed every moment. From the relaxed Rural setting to the stunning avocado trees on the property topped off by the divine cheeses that complimented our byo wine perfectly. I even got the chance to feed a baby sheep. The owners are friendly and accommodating. 5 out of 5 for me."
Julie F - Trip Advisor - January 2021
Gourmet Sheep Cheeses
"Enjoyed our visit to Awassi. We sat under the mature avocado trees and nibbled at the fare. We had to supply our own drinks, tea and coffee are available. Apart from the gravel road, it was a beautiful drive to get there. The team were friendly and knowledgeable and the service was laid back and suited the atmosphere.
It was a fantastic way to spend the day."
Daryl N - Trip Advisor - September 2020
Gourmet cheeses and farm tours in the lovely Grantham hills
"What a beautiful place to visit!! Knowledgeable and friendly staff, a gorgeous range of delicious cheeses and natural skincare and bathroom products including soaps and shampoos. Book a tour, tasting or lunch at this lovely family-friendly venue!"
cmalam2019 - Trip Advisor - February 2020