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Milk Haus

A road-trip worthy organic cafe in the South Coast hinterland.
By Jasmine Crittenden
July 05, 2019
By Jasmine Crittenden
July 05, 2019

Turn inland at Milton and you'll enter a world of rolling paddocks and winding streams — just one section of the little-explored South Coast hinterland. After a few minutes, look out for an old high-ceilinged building surrounded by veggie gardens and peppered with free-range chickens. Welcome to Milk Haus.

This idyllic escape is the vision of owner Danielle McKeon, who previously owned Canberra's much-loved A Bite to Eat and Cafe D'lish. She's not just passionate about organic, sustainable, ethical food production — at Milk Haus, she lives and breathes it.

Arrive anytime between 9–11.30am for brekkie. If you're up for a hearty feast, the silky ribboned eggs with aged cheddar, orange zest, dates, walnuts and toasted sourdough are hard to beat. From midday, lunch kicks in. The tightly curated menu includes smoked butter fish with horseradish cream, finger lime, chives, cucamelons, toasted rye yarrow and mixed leaf salad, as well as Chiang Mai chicken patties with garlic sesame snake beans, sweet chilli dipping sauce and toasted coconut rice.

Don't want to leave? Stay overnight in The Dairy Shed, a cosy, one-bedroom cottage with polished concrete floors, fireplace and picture windows overlooking pretty farmland. There are occasional special events, too, like cooking classes and wellness retreats.

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