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Circumnavigating Australia — Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery


Yarra Valley orchard

Today I’m going to show you an absolutely enchanting chocolate shop that produces some truly great chocolates. Here, deep within the Yarra Valley, not far from Yarra Glen in the state of Victoria, is Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. This shop is massive!

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Our tour guide informed us that this is a weekend destination for families, and I could see why. It’s like a candy shop for kids. Oh, wait. It is a candy shop for kids . . . and adults.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

Easter was approaching, so you just know there were chocolate Easter bunnies on hand:

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

You can see the factory portion of the shop behind the bunnies above. It was quite an operation. And the chocolates? Yes, they were as good as they looked. Ursula and I purchased quite the assortment thinking we might take some back to Radiance of the Seas, but they didn’t survive long enough to reach the exit.

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

The variety seemed nearly limitless:

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

So, we’d better head on back outside before more poundage packs the periphery. One last look at the surrounding sights:

Yarra Valley vineyards

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Circumnavigating Australia — Leaving Puffing Billy for the Yarra Valley


Puffing Billy pulling into Belgrave Station

After our Puffing Billy arrival into Belgrave Railway Station it was time to disembark and take a short stroll to our awaiting transportation into Australia’s Yarra Valley. As we exited the station, the lovely old vintage post “receiving pillar” below caught my eye. Note the nifty little brass “hand” handle near the bottom for opening it:

Vintage Post Office Receiving Pillar

And off we went. Along the way into the Yarra Valley (official Tourism Australia guide link here) we passed several vineyards. The one you see pictured below is from  a winery I’ll present to you next week:

Yarra Valley vineyard (Yering Farm)

Our first stop on this segment of the trip was to a chocolate shop which I will present to you on Wednesday. From that shop’s grounds we got some beautiful scenes of the surrounding vineyards and orchards.

Yarra Valley panorama

Yarra Valley vineyards

Yarra Valley orchards

On Wednesday we’re going to explore the chocolate shop from which these photos were taken. Until then, I’ll just leave you with this bit of colorful statuary outside:

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery

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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating Australia; Puffing Billy Favorites 2


Ursula Meets a Fellow Swiss — Rudi

Believe it or not, the gentleman you see posing with the beautiful and talented Ursula Wicker is also of Swiss make and model. His name is Rudi, and his pre-retirement gig was that of chef. Now he enjoys working on the railway . . .  the historic Puffing Billy Railway.

Here are the rest of today’s Puffing Billy Fun Photo Friday favorites:

Early 20th Century Machinery

Menzies Creek Bench and Light Post

Locomotive 14A Arrives to Menzies Creek

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