While in Maleny, we couldn’t go past visiting Maleny Dairies. Maleny Dairies is a well-known family owned and operated dairy farm in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast. Maleny milk is a popular choice for Queenslanders and can be found on shelves all over Queensland.
Maleny Dairies offer farm tours six days a week except for Sundays. The 1.5 hour tours are open to the public and school groups, and shows the working of the farm and how the Maleny milk is produced and packaged right there on the farm.
The tour is wheelchair accessible and open to guests with all abilities. All Maleny farm tour tickets must be pre purchased online via their website. The Companion card is accepted for carers who receive free entry into the tour. Companion card tickets can be added to the cart at checkout via their website at the time of booking the tickets.
The tour is step free apart from one small step in the area where they milk the cows. I was still able to get down into this area with a little bit of help, but the area is still viewable from the doorway for those who can’t navigate the small step.
Most locations throughout the tour are off-road, on gravel or on grass. This did not bother me in my electric wheelchair, but some manual wheelchair users may find this challenging.
There is an accessible toilet located on the farm near the Milkbar café.
Before the tour, we decided to grab a bite to eat at the Milkbar cafe. The Milkbar has a small undercover seating area along with some outdoor tables on the grass, The Milkbar serves delicious coffee made on yummy Maleny milk along with locally made Maleny’s scones with Maleny whipped cream. Next to the Café is also a good selection of Maleny produce, which can be purchased such as Maleny milk, yoga, cream and also other dairy products from local businesses. Free ice blocks are also available to keep your dairy purchases nice and fresh until you get home.
At the beginning of the tour, we were led to the Moovie Hut where we were shown a video of the workings of the farm and the history of the farm. We were then taken to the packaging area and were shown how the milk is packaged and bottled on-site. After this, we were shown around the farm, met some of their cows, learnt how the cows were milked and even got to feed one of their baby calves,
it was fantastic to see where the Maleny milk actually comes from and the work that goes into getting this yummy milk on the shelves all over Queensland.
The views from the farm of the lush green grass were stunning, and during the tour, we couldn’t help but soak in the beautiful views. To end the tour, we were given a taste test of the Maleny dairy products. We tried the different sort of milk from full cream gold top to the blue and the red top skim milk,. Along with the milk tasting, we also tried the variety of Maleny yogurt that is available. It was a great way to end the tour and it left us wanting to buy every flavor!
Accessible Cafe/Milkbar: Yes
Pathways: Off Road, Gravel & Grass
Step Free Access : Yes (Except cow milking area)
Companion Card Accepted : Yes
Accessible Toilet: Yes
Access To Calf Bottle Feeding Pen: Yes (On Grass)
In my opinion I give Maleny Dairies Tour on the Sunshine Coast a rating of 3 for wheelchair accessibility, and a rating of 4 stars for the overall experience .
* I was not financially compensated for this review. The review is based on my own opinion and personal experience.*