Choco­late pit stops from Tassie to WA (Happy Easter!)

Here are three places around Aus­tralia to get your choco­late fix this Easter.

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Great Ocean Road Cho­co­la­terie & Ice Cream­ery, Bell­brae, Vic

There are choco­late lamb sausages on the break­fast menu and choco­late beauty kits for sale at this fam­ily-friendly cho­co­la­terie (gorci.com.au) be­tween Torquay and An­gle­sea. Opened last Septem­ber, its show­room is filled with thou­sands of choco­lates made on site by Euro­pean choco­latiers (above). There are free tast­ings, plus six hectares of lawns, na­tive gardens and or­chards to ex­plore. Kids will love the 24 ice-cream flavours and the choc-coated jelly snakes.

House of An­vers, Latrobe, Tas

Bel­gian-trained mas­ter Igor Van Ger­wen com­bines Tas­ma­nian cream and but­ter and the world’s finest ca­cao to make his cel­e­brated choco­lates. At his fac­tory in Tas­ma­nia’s north (an­vers-choco­late. com.au), you can see choco­lates be­ing made, eat them in the café and buy them at the Tast­ing Cen­tre to take with you. An­vers is fa­mous for its truf­fles and the fudge isn’t far be­hind.

The Mar­garet River Choco­late Com­pany, Met­ricup, WA

Declar­ing it­self the home of Aus­tralia’s best brown­ies, this fac­tory with show­room and café (choco­late­fac­tory.com.au) has been op­er­at­ing since 1999. As well as fun stuff like gi­ant freck­les and rocky road, there’s sin­gle-ori­gin choco­late from coun­tries such as Ghana, Ecuador and Costa Rica. The sweet­ness comes with a so­cial con­science, too; the com­pany helps fund con­ser­va­tion of WA’s en­dan­gered fauna, in­clud­ing the quokka and western swamp tor­toise.

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