10 Mar 2022
Updated March 2023
Chocolate. Factory. Tour.
Parents might like to whisper these three words for fear of a sugar-based holiday meltdown.
Everyone else, shout it out loud and enjoy this list of gourmet chocolate factories from around the country. Each one will add more than just a touch of sweetness to your next getaway!
Australia's Best Chocolate Factories
At Easter, you might like to use this list to get you in the mood for the big bunny’s arrival at your place; however, everyone deserves a little indulgence no matter what time of year it is.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Margaret River Chocolate Company
- Whistler Chocolate Company
- Melba's Chocolate Factory
- Haigh's Chocolates
- Barossa Valley
- Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
- Freckleberry Chocolate Company
- Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
- Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
- House of Anvers
- Federation Artisan Chocolate
- Darwin Chocolate Factory
- Charleys Chocolate Factory
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Margaret River 415 Harman's Mill Rd, Metricup 6280
Swan Valley 5123 West Swan Road, West Swan 6055
Perth 317 Murray Street, Perth 6000
No matter which location you visit, this iconic West Australian brand equals a delicious day out for you and the family.
The Swan Valley factory and tasting centre offer free entry and free tastings, as well as the chance to watch their chocolates being made. This includes their adorable ‘Chokka the Quokka’ milk chocolate quokkas.
The Swan Valley factory also features The Chocolate Cafe, with a menu that includes breakfast and light lunches, as well as a wide variety of chocolate-based desserts and drinks.
The original site in Margaret River is well worth the drive or be sure to include it on your Margaret River itinerary. Not shy about claiming WA’s best hot chocolate, we reckon their brownies take some beating too.
Take a seat in the lush factory garden and work your way through their extensive range of truffles, cakes, fondues, and coca powders! A true chocolate lovers paradise awaits.
The Perth City venue is mostly a retail shop, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a free tasting of any of their hundreds of award-winning chocolate products. Dive in!
ACCOMMODATION NEAR MARGARET RIVER
Busselton is one of Western Australia's earliest settlements and the gateway to the Margaret River wine region. It offers a diverse range of attractions along what many call WA's 'natural playground.'
Whistler Chocolate Co.
506 Great Northern Highway, Middle Swan, Perth 6056
Whistler’s Chocolate Co in Middle Swan has been making traditional handmade chocolates and confectionary for over 40 years, producing classics such as Rocky Road, Coconut Rough and Peanut Brittle.
Using recipes that have stood the test of time, this has been the birthplace of a generation of chocolatiers and confectioners who have made their name around the world.
Visit their showroom, relax in their cafe, host a party in their garden and browse their gift store.
If you’re a Perth local, you will also find them at the Perth Royal Show, where they are known for their chocolate show bags.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR PERTH
In the heart of the Swan Valley wine region and just 25 minutes from Perth's CBD, Swan Valley and its surroundings are perfect for a family holiday or a romantic getaway for two.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Melba’s Chocolate Factory
22 Henry St, Woodside SA 5244
Melba’s Chocolates & Confectionary was established in Adelaide in 1981 and soon after relocated to Woodside in the Adelaide Hills.
The factory uses heritage chocolate and confectionary-making equipment, where they produce old-fashioned favourites such as Rocky Road and Traffic Lights.
The factory has grown over time and now contains 5 production rooms, giving visitors the opportunity to watch their favourites being made.
Visitors are encouraged to chat to staff about the production process before heading to the shop to stock up on their favourites.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR THE ADELAIDE HILLS
Discover the historic charm of the Adelaide Hills only 20 minutes from the Adelaide CBD. Enjoy award-winning accommodation set among rolling hills and scenic bushland.
154-156 Greenhill Rd, Parkside SA 5063
The oldest family-owned chocolate makers in Australia, Haigh’s was founded in Adelaide in 1915.
With stores now located around Australia, head to the Visitor Centre in Parkside for a free guided tour; learn the history of Haigh's and how they make their premium quality chocolate.
Watch their team of confectioners apply their artisanal skills to create and hand-finish their delicious range.
Be sure to leave enough time to explore the retail store, where you will be able to choose from a huge range of factory fresh chocolates and confectionery, including their famous frogs, truffles, fruit centres, fudges, and bars!
ACCOMMODATION NEAR ADELAIDE
A short drive from maritime, railway and aviation museums, contemporary cafes and funky boutiques. When you’re not sampling local fish and chips, building sand castles or casting a line off the jetty, take a day trip to the city.
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company
60 Buring Road Tanunda, SA 5352
Barossa Valley Chocolate Company uses the most delicious chocolate sourced from Australia and overseas.
Watch their team of chocolatiers use a mixture of traditional and modern tempering, enrobing, moulding, spinning and panning techniques to create everything you see.
Allow yourself to be spoilt for choice when it comes time to try your faves, with over 250 chocolate products made from milk, dark, white, and ruby chocolate.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR BAROSSA VALLEY
Explore the vine-covered plains that surround the charming township of Tanunda. Stay in our Deluxe Safari Tents, set in a private area of the park with exclusive access to an outdoor lounge, firepit, heated swimming pool and spa.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN VICTORIA
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery
35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
In the heart of the picturesque winemaking region, the family-owned Yarra Valley Chocolaterie has a huge selection of handcrafted European-style chocolates and activities for the whole family.
The “Taste & Create” workshop will take your love of chocolate to a whole new level. Also, enjoy generous portions of free samples – as well as insanely delicious ice cream – then burn off energy at the on-site gardens or wetlands.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR MELBOURNE
There’s nothing quite like Melbourne – an unbeatable mix of sport, food, fashion, culture and great coffee. Leave the car behind at your cabin, caravan or camping site and entertain the whole family.
Freckleberry Chocolate Company
1 Baxter Road, North Geelong, VIC 3215
Tucked away in North Geelong, Freckleberry Chocolate Factory specialises in creating delicious and innovatively packaged chocolate products.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR GEELONG
Next to the Barwon River and only five minutes from the centre of Geelong, this park is 15 minutes from world-class beaches, a short drive from the Great Ocean Road and just over an hour from Melbourne.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN NEW SOUTH WALES
Hunter Valley Chocolate Company
2320 Broke Rd, Pokolbin NSW 2320
With three separate locations in the town of Pokolbin, this is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the region.
Each has a huge range of sweet delights to choose from, including their much-loved chocolate fudge.
Visit the ‘Twenty-3-Twenty’ location where you can watch “Peter the Chocolatier” do his best work. Using only the finest Belgian chocolate with Australian dried fruits and nuts - and infused with distilled pure fruit oil - this chocolate comes a subtle but deliciously fruity flavour.
Dark chocolate, white chocolate, sugar-free chocolate, fudge, and even chilli chocolate is on the menu at the Hunter Valley Chocolate Company.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR HUNTER VALLEY
A hidden treasure on the tranquil shores of the Wallamba River. Relax and recharge or jump straight into an extraordinary selection of water-based activities.
Blue Mountains Chocolate Company
176 Lurline Street, Katoomba, NSW 2780
You need the energy when visiting the Blue Mountains.
From chocolates to jams, jellies, cakes, sauces, and even pickles, everything is homemade and utterly delicious at the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company.
Close to the world-famous Echo Point, the Blue Mountains Chocolate Company is open 7 days a week serving delicious hot chocolates and chocolate treats.
Take home a chocolate souvenir from their shop, which sells handmade Turkish delights, truffles, chocolate body paint, and over 20 different flavoured chocolate bars.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR SYDNEY
Nestled amongst 1,000 acres of scenic bushland in Lane Cove National Park, this peaceful retreat is just 10 kilometres away from the hustle and bustle of Sydney’s CBD.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN TASMANIA
House of Anvers
9025 Bass Hwy, Latrobe TAS 7307
A holiday in Tasmania is not complete without a visit to the House of Anvers on Tasmania’s north coast.
Making some of Australia’s finest Belgian chocolate, House of Anvers was established in 1989 by Belgian expat Igor Van Gerwen.
Always sourcing the finest ingredients to guarantee the highest quality bars, truffles, and fudges, you can watch all of it being made first-hand. Then head to the Tasting Room and sample it all before you narrow down which ones to take home.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR DEVONPORT
Half way between Launceston and Burnie on Tasmania’s North Coast, this park is 30 minutes from Burnie and an hour and a half from the incredible Cradle Mountain.
Federation Artisan Chocolate
3 Victoria Street, Hobart, Tasmania, 7000
Hobart's premier chocolate makers source their cocoa beans from ethically grown cocoa plants and trade directly with farmers.
Owners Maurice and Helen Curtis search the world for the finest cocoa to produce their decadent creations; Papua New Guinea, Tanzania, and Madagascar.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR HOBART
One of Australia’s most beautiful and historic cities, Hobart is nestled on the Derwent River with Mount Wellington as an unforgettable backdrop. Browse cafes, markets and breathe in the fresh Tasmanian air.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN NORTHERN TERRITORY
Darwin Chocolate Factory
13/17 Willes Rd, Berrimah, NT 0828
Proudly Territorian, the Darwin Chocolate Factory creates a range of locally-made chocolate barks featuring NT fruits, ginger, nuts, berries and other toppings.
Focused on its factory tours, Darwin Chocolate Company chocolate barks have made their way into hotel minibars and small retail outlets throughout the greater Darwin region.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR DARWIN
Boasting year-round temperatures of around 32 degrees, guests feel like they've entered a tropical oasis inside our park. Sit outside on your cabin's private balcony or relax by the pool surrounded by lush palm trees.
CHOCOLATE FACTORIES IN QUEENSLAND
Charley’s Chocolate Factory
388, El Arish Mission Beach Rd, QLD 4852
Get your ‘Golden Ticket’ and experience the ‘tree to bar’ journey at Charley’s Chocolate Factory near Mission Beach.
Run every Thursday for chocolate lovers of all ages, Charley's factory tours are the opportunity to hear about the history of the cocoa bean as well as witness the journey from tree to chocolate at their very own cocoa plantation.
A winner of multiple awards at the Australian Fine Food Awards, their range of chocolate products is as long as your imagination is wide. A must-do for families heading north.
ACCOMMODATION NEAR TOWNSVILLE
In the dry tropics and only a short sail from the koalas of Magnetic Island, this park is a magnificent resort-style escape amongst classic Queensland palms.