As part of my YOLO (you only live once) year 2014 I’m going to explore the place where I live. I’m aiming to find lots of different places and activities. I’m organising it alphabetically, with a little creative use of lettering as you will see. This post contains my personal thoughts as I was not a guest of the centre nor received payment of any kind to write about how enjoyable this place was. Purely a tourist!
A –Z of the Central Coast NSW
A – 141 Alison Road Wyong
The Milk Factory
History says it started as The Butter Factory in 1907 by a Co-op of 56 local farmers, existing to only process butter, not milk. It burned to the ground in less than two hours in 1921, the fire reported to have been so huge that the exploding butter could be seen and heard 10 km away! From the ruins a well-equipped Milk Factory was built by the 200+ dairy farmers who were shareholders in the Co-op. Today it has a variety of small stores as well as fitness venues and a picnic area by the river.
On arrival we were greeted by a few PURPLE cows and no! we hadn’t been drinking 🙂 The cows are creatively painted and help direct to the entrance. There is adequate parking in the grounds and we chose to park up close to the cafe before strolling around.
First we headed to the Little Creek Cheese store. It has a working factory attached and although it wasn’t working today we could still look through the glass windows to the machinery. This would be interesting to watch when operating. Little Creek Cheese were awarded a Gold medal for their BBQ Cheese at the 2013 Royal Easter Show. The helpful assistant shared with us numerous samples (my style of sampling) of both on site prepared cheeses and hard cheeses from the Hunter Valley. He took time explaining a little about each cheese. We purchased a feta marinated with dill and garlic and a dessert cheese (not a Little Creek Cheese product with blueberries through it. Being a hot afternoon the assistant offered to mind our purchases in the fridge until we were leaving the Milk Factory and we took him up on his offer.
Yes the lid has been pulled off already. Couldn’t resist a sample when I got home.
Next we strolled past the fitness centres where some were working out their whole bodies unlike us working out our mouths on both talk and cheeses. We walked past a sheltered picnic area and down a staircase of stone to the river bank.
Row boats and kayaks were for hire but we just were observing today. It would be a nice activity to try on another visit. Little ducks swam around and a sign told us platypus lived in the area.
This would be a great place to sit with a Sunday paper and a coffee or some bread in a bag to toss to the ducks. The river runs over a weir. Basically the weir has been designed to ensure Australian Bass that travel to the salt water downstream to spawn in winter can travel back to the freshwater to feed and grow in spring and summer. It has also been designed to allow the fish to travel in low water times. Learned all this from a sign at the steps to the river. You could also read it easier here. (page 30)
Thirsty we headed back to the cafe but were sidetracked by Luka, a chocolate factory. The staff was dressed in black with gold trim attire lending a magical feel of a Wonka variety. The factory was visible through big glass windows like in the cheese factory. We watched as milk chocolate was stirred by machine and saw some heart shape chocolates setting. We purchased some chocolates for later. A coffee shop and ice cream bar is due to open in here next week too, so many reasons to return!
Off we walked chocolate bag in hand (three bags within it) to the cafe. This too is only newly opened. I drank an iced coffee. The milk was pleasingly cold (nothing worse than a tepid iced coffee and had a great serve of whipped cream on top (my favourite serving style). My husband had an iced chocolate that tasted great (had to do a taste test) and a berry friand.
The Milk Factory would be a great spot for families with children and adults. Definitely worth the trip and it’s not that far from Wyong Station. I couldn’t locate any public transport but you could contact the centre to check that out.
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