After a late breakfast we set off with Castlemaine being our lunchtime destination.
However, about 9 kilometres out of Hepburn, in a beautiful natural Australian bush setting, was our first stop, the Chocolate Mill. The Chocolate Mill focuses on making natural chocolate which helps lower blood pressure and lose weight…no less!
Our Canadian born host described the chocolate making process and told us that additives added to Australian commercial chocolate is the reason why Aussie chocolate cannot be called chocolate in Europe.
After hearing all these benefits how could one not help but stock up on chocolates before moving on to our lunchtime destination. Castlemaine. A sedate 20 kilometres away. The closer we came to Castlemaine the dryer the country-side became. Rain is badly needed.However, in a couple of weeks (or so) the area will be a picture, rain or not. Interspersed between Australian and exotic evergreens are abundant avenues and copses of deciduous trees almost to the point of painting that part of Central Victoria in a wash of red, yellow, green and brown hues as trees denude themselves prior to the onset of the winter chill and occasional snowfall.
Among other things a visit to the Burke and Wills monument who both perished while crossing Australia, was deemed appropriate. Robert Burke was a resident of Castlemaine at the time of his ill fated north-south crossing of the land Down Under.
Read more on the Castlemaine, Burke and Wills web site.
Now back to Hepburn for the Wedding Anniversary Treat!