Giovanni Gallo was just 24 years old when he left his family farm in southern Italy and sailed for 52 days to an unknown country (Australia) in search of a better life. Giovanni landed in Cairns in 1927. Once on the Atherton Tablelands, he worked the land picking corn with a horse and cart.
After years working the land, in 1937 Giovanni purchased his very own farm 64ha (160 acres) on the Barron River, Atherton - Malanda Road. The farm had an existing dairy, so the family continued with that alongside growing peanuts and vegetables. Giovanni would deliver the vegetables to grocery shops all along the coast from Innisfail to Cairns once a week that would supply the cane cutters.
Frank Gallo (born in Australia) was one of the nine children to Giovanni and Giovanna.
Frank and his wife Ann had four children of their own. Frank would often dream of converting the family’s rotary dairy farm into an integrated educational dairy farm
In 2007 Gallo Dairyland opened its doors and became a reality.
The Café is air-conditioned offering meals between 10am – 2pm, refreshments available throughout the day with bookings highly recommended.
The Cheese Factory is open to visitors. See where we the cheese is made and watch the DVD presenting the factory in operation as well as footage of the dairy farm working.
Gallo Dairyland delicately hand craft the most beautiful chocolate made from the finest Swiss couverture to create our own irresistible chocolate right here in Atherton.