Updated February 2017
Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery is a delicious family-friendly destination on the Great Ocean Road in Bellbrae from the founders of the popular Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery in Yarra Glen.
The shop, cafe and gardens are a perfect destination if you’re taking a day trip to the Great Ocean Road. Located between Torquay and Angelsea, there’s really nothing else like it in the area and already it is a smash hit with locals and tourists alike. We visited on a sunny weekend in the first week of opening and the place was filled to the brim with eager chocoholics.
The 15 hectare property is similar in set up and design to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice creamery.
The large main building houses the chocolate factory where you can watch the European chocolatiers at work…
….a huge shop with every sort of chocolate you can think of, including free tastings, a metre long chocolate bar and the ‘Great Wall of Chocolate’!….
…and a cafe with savoury and sweet treats.
As we arrive for lunch we have a MOO box ($11.50) with a ham and cheese roll, a fruit kebab, fruit box and freckle cookie, all packaged up in a cow-decorated box.
I have a decadent ‘Chocoholics only’ milk, dark and white chocolate concoction with whipped cream and a shot of couverture chocolate ($9.50). In fact, all of the desserts are very reasonably priced and are easily shareable between two or three people.
The cafe has an activity centre where children can colour in large chocolate- and nature-themed colouring-in sheets while waiting for their food. I recommend taking the time to sit down at the cafe so that you can enjoy some of the chocolate and ice cream products on site. If you’re in a hurry there is also an ice cream cabinet with a few drinks available at the entrance kiosk.
The cafe provides views of the surrounding gardens with a kitchen garden and play space. A lavender maze is coming soon!
Children aged 6+ are able to participate in hands-on Junior Chocolatier Classes where they can learn how to make their own chocolate and enjoy free tastings.
If you’re looking for a child-friendly destination on the Great Ocean Road then you won’t be able to beat the temptations on offer at Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery.
**From Wed 8 February to Sun 19 February Great Ocean Road Chocolaterie and Icrecreamery are holding their annual Ice Cream Festival. Get ready for 144 new ice cream flavours, with twelve new flavours will be introduced each day the Festival for you to try. You can also have your ice cream on a pizza, a hot chocolate ice cream float and a host of other decadent desserts.
For just $18pp you can also book a 40 minuted hosted tasting of 12 different ice cream flavours in a private tasting area.
- pram access;
- high chairs;
- change facilities;
- child-friendly standard menu;
- kids menu;
- activities and games;
- Free entry, free chocolate tastings and watch chocolatiers at work;
- arrive early or late – peak hour is lunch time and the queues for ordering food can be long. I noticed some patrons were waiting up to an hour for meals. If you order something pre-made from the cabinet eg a dessert then it comes quickly; and
- free parking on site.