History

The Robertson Old Cheese Factory was established in 1936 by the local dairy community, and today that charm still remains.

 

Known locally as the green heart of the Southern Highlands, Robertson is your eastern gateway to the Wingecarribee Shire from the South Coast and at a distance of only approximately two hours from Sydney, or two hours north from Canberra.

Robertson has an elevation of 740 metres above sea level, a rainfall average of 1,699mm, and a population of 1,849 (as of the 2011 Census).

 

Efforts made by a strong community of settlers in the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s resulted in a successful Robertson-Burrawang farming presence. Having cleared vast amounts of the Yarrawa Brush, by the end of the 1930’s, Robertson became one of the most productive dairy regions in Australia. A Robertson Co-Operative was formed in 1936 to continue the growth of the industry, add value to the dairy products, and provide much needed local employment.

 

Robertson’s own “Tasty Cheddar with a Bite” became popular, not just in the Southern Highlands, but also major export markets. This made the Robertson Cheese Factory a popular tourist destination, even beyond 1989 when cheese making officially discontinued. Today, The Robertson Old Cheese Factory still wholly supports local industry and employment, growing into a fantastic tourism hub for national and international visitors alike. Our goal is to manufacture and source the best local food, produce, arts, crafts, clothing and vintage wear available for purchase. Allow your friendly team at the Robertson Old Cheese Factory be the first to welcome you to the historical Southern Highlands.