Travelling Australia - Journal 2009
3 April 2009 - Benalla
After a fairly warm night we had a lazy start to a bright-looking day. Today we intended going to Milawa to visit some of the Milawa Gourmet sites, specifically the Cheese Factory and Brown Brothers wines.

Milawa is the core of the Milawa Gourmet region which is an aggregation of tourist establishments offering mainly things to eat or drink but including art galleries, facilities for cycling and for admiring the scenery. Our initial destination was the Cheese Factory which uses the building of the former Murray Goulburn butter factory established in 1893 and converted in 1988 by the Milawa Cheese Company for making cheeses from locally supplied cow and goats milk. Cheese can be tasted in the shop before buying. The same building contains a bakery, a chocolate shop and a restaurant; immediately adjacent, in the same building complex, are the cellar door for a small winery and an art gallery.

Our interests on this visit were in the cheeses, restaurant, bakery and chocolate shop and we left with a bulging shopping bag and satisfied appetites. Next stop was Brown Brothers cellar door where we tried some of their newer lines and bought a few bottles. We do not have space to carry bottles of wine for the whole trip but we can find enough space to keep bottles for a few weeks.

On a previous visit to Milawa the snow-covered Victorian Alps provided a scenic backdrop but there was too much cloud today to see the mountains. While we were returning to Benalla, rain began falling and we had to rush back to the caravan park to bring in our washing before more rain fell. I put up our portable clothes line under the awning and the washing soon dried off under cover although rain continued for most of the afternoon. By sunset there was four millimetres in the rain gauge.