IT’S no secret that the Scenic Rim is home some to some of the best produce in the country, but one out-of-the-ordinary local farm is proving to be a mega hit.
Harrisville’s Summer Land Camel Farm is only an hour’s drive from Mt Barney Lodge and now boasts award winning cheese and dairy products.
The emerging tourist attraction took out first place at Sydney’s Royal Cheese and Dairy Produce Competition for their sweet, tasty camel milk. Their cheese and gelato were also recipients of an array of silver and bronze medals.
The 850 acre property currently has 80 camels in milk, but owners Jeff Flood and Paul Martin intend to establish a 1000 head camel milking operation in the future.The incredibly white milk from the camel now retails for an astonishing $15-$20/litre.
The farm’s Camel Dairy is the largest commercial-scale camel dairy operation outside of the Middle East and the third largest of its kind in the world. Most of the camels at Summer Land Camel Farm are brought in from the wild in Central Australia, where they present a huge challenge for the region’s agriculture industry.
Camel’s milk has many health benefits and contains more immune proteins, vitamins and minerals than any other milk. The milk helps to boost the immune system, lowers the risk of atherosclerosis, heart attacks and stroke and helps to prevent anaemia and diabetes. These benefits allow Summer Land Camel Farm to tap into global health supplements market with the demand for the healthy alternative growing rapidly.
The farm has also opened its doors to the public and is quickly becoming one of the Scenic Rim’s largest tourist attractions. The farm tours allow guests to learn about the camel milking industry and gives them the opportunity to get up close and personal with the furry giants.
Visitors can also sample the products, which now include the award winning milk, cheeses and camel milk ice cream for the sweet-tooth.
The Camel Farmis an hours drive NW from Mt Barney Lodge and is best visited after checkout on Sunday as a scenic drive home. Farm tours are possible every Sunday from 11am to 1.30pm, as well as being open to the public Monday-Friday 9am to 3pm.
Also lookout for Mt Barney Lodge’s new Sunday tour package. We are planning a minibus group tour to visit local food producers – and sample boutique
beer, lavender, wine and camel milk products. We will offer a small bus tour 6-13 people, from 9am-3pm departing from Mt Barney Lodge.
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