White Rocks is a dairy farm situated in the Brunswick area, traditionally a major centre for the dairy industry.
White Rocks has always been a dairy farm and was settled in 1887 by the present manager’s great grandfather John, who with his family milked five or six cows by hand, making butter and cheese for sale to neighbours.
Gradually as more land was cleared the herd grew. In 1894 the Perth/Bunbury railway came through the bottom of the property. With the option of this fast transport to Perth (it only took six or eight hours) it was possible to sell milk direct to vendors in Perth in 10 gallon cans wrapped in wet bags.
An old cottage built in 1891 has become a family museum and houses memorabilia from past generations. A blacksmith work area and tools are in an adjacent shed, together with a wash house. In a school room, transported from the old Brunswick school, is a collection of butter churns and cheese making paraphernalia.
Having seen how dairying was conducted in the past, visitors are shown how it is done now. There is a modern rotary 50 stand dairy where up to 600 cows are milked in under two hours by two people.
The farm also raises dairy-fed veal which is marketed as White Rock Veal to top restaurants in several states, and is exported to Singapore, Mauritius and China.
White Rocks Farm specialises in tours for secondary schools. Many top schools and colleges in Perth regularly take their Year 12 geography students through the farm.