According to local legend, the first European pasture reached King Island in the early 19th century via straw beds washed ashore from a shipwreck. Seeds from the straw quickly germinated in the island’s rich soils, setting the scene for one of Australia’s most famous dairies. Add 7,500 contented dairy cows who breathe the world’s cleanest air and drink the purest rainwater, and you have all the ingredients for the best dairy produce in the country. Not surprisingly, King Island Dairy is one of Australia’s most famous cheese producers, making high quality, French-style camembert, brie and blue cheeses, along with traditional cheddars, hard cheeses, yoghurt and delectable, thick clotted cream. These multi-award winning cheeses are created from milk produced by the Island’s 25 dairy farms.