June 17, 2012

We are an Artisan Micro Dairy

We use minimal processing, ensuring the taste and structural integrity of the milk is as nature intended. Every step is done on farm - from milking our cows twice a day, using a slow speed pump to transfer the milk, batch pasteursing at lower temperatures and bottling by hand. We don’t Homogenise our Milk – meaning the cream still rises to the top.  By doing things on farm we can ensure you get the freshest, safest and tastiest milk available.

We use Bio-dynamic and sustainable farming practices – meaning our cows are fed on naturally grown pastures with no artificial fertilizers, nitrates or other chemicals. We use a natural biodynamic fertilizer and soil probiotic plus oversow with naturally occurring grasses such as rye and clovers, as well as strip grazing which allows our small herd to eat fresh pasture all day, every day. They also receive a small portion of sustainably grown Hay and grain to compliment their pasture based diets. Because our herd is pasture fed our milk varies with the seasons (and with what the cows are eating) meaning there will be seasonal fluctuation in taste and cream content.


We currently sell direct to the public through a range of Farmers' Markets and Events. We're working towards having on farm sales but until then buying direct from us is the best way to support us as we grow. At all our markets we sell our full range of products and are happy to arrange pre-orders or standing orders - just get in touch via email or phone to place an order for a specific market.

Our Market schedule is as follows:

Kiama Farmers' Market - Every Wednesday at Black Beach, Kiama from 3pm-6pm (2pm - 5pm in Winter)
Eat Street Market - Every Thursday in Crown Street Mall, Wollongong from 5pm-9pm
Carriageworks Farmers' Market - Every Saturday at Carriageworks building, Wilson St, Redfern from 8am - 1pm

The Farms Market - The 1st Sunday of the month at 'The Farm' in Killalea State Park from 10am - 3pm
Kiama Seaside Market - The 3rd Sunday of the month at Black Beach, Kiama from 9am - 3pm
Coledale Market - The 4th Sunday of the month at Coledale Primary School from 9am - 3pm

Non-homogenised Milk

Full Cream only (approx 3.8% fat) The milk is batch pasteurised at 65 degrees and then rapidly cooled before bottling by hand.

SmallMilkAvailable in 1L and 2L bottles from the following outlets: 

Little Blowhole Cafe - Tingirra Cres, Kiama
14 Manning - Manning St, Kiama
Mannings' General Store - Manning St, Kiama
Flour Water Salt - Shoalhaven St, Kiama
Jamberoo & Minnamurra IGA - Allowie St, Jamberoo & Johnston St, Kiama Downs.
Blue Espresso Bar - Belinda St, Gerringong
Gerringong IGA - Blackwood Dr, Gerringong
Berry Sourdough Cafe & Milkwood Bakery - Prince Alfred St & Queen St, Berry
Il Locale Gelato - Queen St, Berry
Thirroul IGA - Lawrence Hargreave Dr, Thirroul

Online weekly orders availabe through Greenbox Food Co-op (Gerringong)

Find it on the menu at these great cafes' and restaurants:
The Brooding Italian -
Ask for 'The Pines Milk' in your coffee and they make their Milkshakes using our Milk and Gelato!
Flour Water Salt - Kiama - Ask for 'The Pines Milk' in your coffee
Penny Whistlers Cafe - Ask for 'The Pines Milk' in your coffee and find it in their milkshakes!
Jamberoo Pub - Ask for 'The Pines Milk' in your coffee or find our Gelato on the bistro dessert menu
South on Albany - Berry - Find our Milk on the menu (and sometimes Chef John Evans makes delicious things like Feta and Sorbet using our Milk!)



Our gelato is produced fresh on farm each week using our milk as the main ingredient (70% fresh milk!!). This gives the gelato a lovely fresh creamy texture and smooth finish. We source the finest ingredients to create a range of tasteful classic and delicious contemporary flavours 

Our Flavours include
* Creamy Vanilla
* Vanilla Choc Chip
* Cafe Latte
* Farmhouse Caramel
* Passionfruit
* Mango
* Strawberry
* Yoghurt & Berries
* Raspberry
* Coconut
* Lemon & Ginger
* Blueberry
* Rich Chocolate
* Chocolate Mandarin
* Mint Choc Chip
* Cherry Swirl
* White Chocolate with Raspberry and Rose Jam
* Banana, Coconut and Salted Caramel
* Cinnamon with Rhubarb and Ginger Jam
* Vanilla with Marinated Baby Figs
* Caramel Shortbread with Crushed Pistachios
* Macadamia
* Hazelnut
* Pistachio

Please note - not all flavours are always in stock as we work with some seasonal production. 

Il Locale Gelato

Our Full range of flavours is available at Il Locale Gelato on the main street in Berry.
They also have a a small lunch menu including a great range of pies from Local Grub and amazing locally roasted coffee!!

OPENING HOURS (approx) 8am-6pm, 7 days a week*

Blue Espresso Bar

Brando has recently put in a small Gelato cabinet with 7 of our delicous flavours now available! Pop in and enjoy the best coffee in Gerringong or try mixing our Gelato with the coffee of the week for the best affagato you've ever had!

OPENING HOURS 7am - 4pm, 7 days a week*

*Opening hours subject to change. Please see their Facebook page or contact them directly for public holiday hours and other changes that may occur.



May 19, 2012
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May 19, 2012

kitchenLocated in the centre of the farm is the original homestead of The Pines. The first rooms were built in 1874 with later generations adding the Edwardian style front in 1914. This beautiful weatherboard home sits on Saddleback Mountain overlooking the Illawarra escarpment, golden beaches and deep blue Pacific Ocean.

The house was fully renovated in 2011 to provide a wonderful mix of rustic country feel with modern convenience.

The Pines contains 3 large bedrooms:

  • Master Bedroom with ensuite and sitting room
  • Large second bedroom with Queen bed
  • Large third bedroom with 2 single beds

The Pines has also been updated with an open plan kitchen containing modern appliances, fully ducted air conditioning/heating, heated tiles, large lounge and dining, expansive lawn and gardens and solar hot water and power.

The Pines is the perfect place to enjoy the quiet country atmosphere only minutes from the town of Kiama.

If you would like to book The Pines or check availability and rates please go to our Air BnB Page or contact us directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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About Us

May 19, 2012

cowsThe Pines has been in the Grey family since 1854, when the 70 hectare dairy farm was first established in Kiama. Unable to continue competing in the commercial dairy industry, the current generation has expanded into new ventures, including the renovation of the original farm house for holiday lettings and new produce such as freshly made Gelato.

The Pines has been fully renovated and boasts a large, open plan kitchen, modern bathroom and ensuite, 3 large bedrooms (Master bedroom with Queen Bed, 2nd bedroom with queen bed and 3rd bedroom with 2 singles), large dining and living rooms, beautiful gardens, outdoor dining area and secure parking. The property has many original features including the heritage rock walls which are a popular attraction. To find out more about the accommodation, please go to our accommodation page.

The property is located on the still-working dairy farm on the edge of Saddleback Mountain. This provides for stunning views of the beaches along the Illawarra coast and across the countryside to Jamberoo. Tenants are also invited to take a tour of the farm and help hand feed the calves.

The local area has many attractions nearby including beaches, rock pools, wildlife, the Kiama blowhole, rainforests, bushwalks, markets, restaurants, terrace shops, pubs and much more. The beautiful country town of Berry is only a 20 minute drive.

As part of the recent renovations, The Pines is now an eco-friendly property running on Wind power and Solar hot water.

If you would like to book The Pines or check availability and rates please go to our Stayz page.

The Dairy

kel dairy bwThe Pines' herd is made up of Holsteins from mainly Canadian blood lines. The herd is milked twice a day producing 30 litres (on average) and containing 4% butter fat and 3.2% protein (average). Each year an average 5 to 6 cows are flushed for embryo transfer work. For more information on stock and embryos for sale, please contact us.

The Pines recently switched to using only organic fertilizer and materials on the pasture and the cows eat a balanced diet of grass, hay and grain to produce high quality and tasty milk. Our calves are hand raised in a custom-built calf shed with twice daily feeding to ensure healthy growth and development. This one-on-one rearing technique means the calves are well handled and develop into calm natured animals suitable for close handling.


History of the Grey Family

George Grey along with his older brother, William, wife, Isabella, and children came out to Australia from Fermanagh, Northern Ireland in 1841.
After arriving in Sydney NSW the family travelled down south and came to reside in Kiama.

In 1851 George Grey purchased land on Saddleback Mountain known as “Mount Salem” and further land in 1854. Amongst the land acquired was the homestead and home property known as “The Pines”.

George Grey established a dairy on the property and began farming with breeding cattle that would become the antecedents of the Illawarra Shorthorn Breed, helped established by his grandson of the same name.

George was strongly involved with the establishment of the Christ Church of England in Kiama (The white church near blow hole point). He also was involved in the development of Kiama’s Agricultural Society and the first Kiama Show in 1848. Kiama Show is still a yearly event and a descendent of George’s has been on the committee since the inauguration.

George died in 1887 leaving “The Pines” to his grandsons George Edward Archibald and Arthur William John. The bottom section of Saddleback still known as “Mount Salem” was left to his son, William Grey.

William Grey continued in the dairy industry. William was the first president of the Kiama Pioneer Butter Factory. A co-operative that was the first of its kind in Australia to use cream separators, and the first to ship butter to England, competing in a global market.

William’s son, Arthur William bought his brother’s share and his father’s property for 1,000 pounds and 1100 pounds respectively to solely own, at the turn of the century “The Pines”. Arthur William continued to farm dairy cattle on the property and showed an interest in horses.

Arthur William’s only son, Arthur Owen Grey worked with his father on “The Pines” showing a keen interest in the dairy production side of farming. After inheriting “The Pines” when his father died in 1945 Arthur Owen developed the dairy herd moving away from the Illawarra Shorthorn to Friesian cattle (the black and white cows, now known as Holsteins).

Arthur Owen’s eldest son, Garreth Owen “Garry”, was brought up with the stories of his families’ great farming traditions. Garry showed the same interest as his father did in establishing a strong production herd and worked along side his father until Arthur Owen died in 1994. Garry continued to improve the dairy herd by introducing Canadian genetics. Today Garry is continuing to strive for great quality cattle breeding.

Garry’s son Kel, along with his wife Mahlah, is currently developing The Pines Kiama. Holding onto their strong family ties to the land and farming history they are working together to create a sustainable farming future for themselves and the greater Kiama community.

Garry's children Kel and Cassandra now have young children of their own, making them the 7th generation to reside on the property, “The Pines”.

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