The Bennett families of Ashgrove are delighted to welcome visitors to the shop and cheese centre in the heart of the family dairy farm at Elizabeth Town, where an informative and educational experience awaits.
Whether you are travelling for business or pleasure a visit to the Ashgrove Shop offers something for everyone:
- FREE ENTRY
- We are open everyday (except Christmas day)
- Great coffee and milk shakes
- Light lunches
- Ashgrove Ice Cream
- Free Tastings!
- You can learn all about the art of cheese making
- Fresh Ashgrove Milk;
- Extensive Tasmanian cheese selection;
- Some of the best Tasmanian gourmet food, wines and boutique beers;
- Cow Art and Gumboot Art;
- We are easy to find just off the Bass Highway 25 minutes east of Devonport and 40 minutes west of Launceston;
- Easy Access, easy parking and
- Coach Tours can book for a presentation.
There is no charge for visiting Ashgrove.Opening Hours
The shop is open daily (closed Christmas Day)
- October to April: 7.30am to 6pm
- May to September 7.30am to 5pm
Learn about the craft of traditional hand made cheese production and observe the cheese making through the viewing windows. Take a stroll down the corridor to view the cheese maturing rooms and learn about the long slow process of developing flavour in cheese. Talk to the friendly staff, who love to share their knowledge of cheese.
A 10 minute video explains the activities of the Ashgrove business from the cows on the farm, to the finished products.Free Tastings!
The numerous varieties in the Ashgrove Cheese range are all available to sample. From the mellow Rubicon Red to the aged Premium Vintage Cheddar and the exotic Wild Wasabi, there is a taste for every palate. It is a flavour experience.Tasmanian Cheese Selection
The shop features over 40 different hand-made Tasmanian cheeses. Other Tasmanian cheese brands include Swiss style cheeses from Heidi Farm, white and blue moulds and smear ripened cheeses from Tasmanian Heritage and Wicked Cheese, goat cheeses from West Haven Dairy.Ice Cream
The smooth creamy ice cream is all produced fresh on site using Ashgrove milk and cream. Local additions to the ice cream include chocolate from near by House of Anvers, leatherwood honey from Stephens Honey and fresh local berry fruit.Tasmanian Gourmet Food and Wine
Browse through the exclusively Tasmanian produced gourmet foods including truffles, chocolate and fudge, honey, jams, mustards, pickles, olives. Compliment the cheese and food with a selection of Tasmanian produced wines, boutique beers, fruit wines and unusual spirits. The perfect choice for gifts and hampers which can be sent for you around Australia.Café Food
Light meals featuring Ashgrove cheese are available all day. Coffees, milkshakes all feature the Ashgrove milk bottled fresh on site.Cow Art
A popular feature of a visit to Ashgrove is viewing the many colourful cows, painted by local schools in the 2008 Ashgrove Cow Art competition.
Visitors to the shop can also view the vast array of colourful and creative gumboots that were also painted by local schools in the 2009 Ashgrove Gumboot Art competition.Parking and Access
- Cars – public car park is located in front of the cheese factory
- Caravans and Trailers – full turning access is available in the carpark for towing vehicles
- Coaches – drop off at the shop door.
- Disabled Parking – signage directs access to disabled parking beside building.
- Disabled Facilities – level access to all areas including the entrance. A disabled toilet is available.
Ashgrove Cheese is conveniently located on the Bass Highway (A1), 4km north of Elizabeth Town. The factory is clearly visible from the highway, with signage directing visitors in. See our Location Map for details.
- From Devonport - travel time is 25 minutes.
Ashgrove Cheese is located to the right of the highway and encountered before reaching Elizabeth Town.
- From Launceston – travel time is 40 minutes.
Ashgrove Cheese is located to the left of the highway 4km past Elizabeth Town. The entrance is found 200m past the end of the passing lanes.
- Individuals – there is no need to book a visit for individuals or small groups;
- Coach Groups – prebooked coach groups are offered a presentation on the cheese making process. There is no charge for the presentation and
- School Groups – a 1 hour cheese making education program is offered to school groups. See our Educational Programs.