Passion. History. Nostalgia. Colour. Charm.
Chocolates, history, waterfalls and a botanists’ paradise. Coleraine will lift your soul.
The rolling hills and natural grasslands of Coleraine were dubbed ‘Australia Felix’, meaning Fortunate Land, by European explorer, Major Thomas Mitchell. And rightly so. This charming town will take you on a nostalgic journey of delightful discoveries, just don’t forget your camera.
For anyone with a pulse, the Chocolate Factory is not to be missed. The sweet aroma of chocolate when you walk through the doors is only surpassed by the warmth of the chocolatiers, ready to serve you. Not only is it a must-do in Coleraine, but it should be your first stop as you explore the town.
A stroll along Bryan’s Creek up to the Peter Francis Points Arboretum, is guaranteed to lift your soul with plants flowering throughout the year, creating a festival of colour. It is home to Australia’s Official Eucalypt Collection, thanks to a lifetime of work by Peter Francis and is certainly worthy of a visit.
Coleraine’s main street celebrates history with their beautifully decorated murals, telling stories of years gone by. A stroll will capture your heart, your mind, and an Instagram pic or two.
An easy drive will have you discovering two boastful waterfalls, Wannon and Nigretta Falls. Both can be seen in their full glory from well positioned viewing platforms. Breath-taking? Yes they are.
Konongwootong Reservoir, just North of Coleraine holds immense significant Aboriginal cultural heritage values and provides a place of reflection to pay respect for the difficult indigenous conflict from settler history. It is aptly referred to as ‘The Quiet Place’ with a memorial constructed in 2014 to commemorate and evoke contemplation for the lives lost at this site.
The hills are alive in this quaint town, so discover more of Coleraine on your next visit to the Greater Hamilton region.
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When you step into the Glenelg Fine Chocolate Shop in the quaint town of Coleraine, you are completely immersed in the rich, vibrant smell of chocolate deliciousness. Visitors are always welcomed with a warm smile and friendly service and often the delightful European charm or Erika, the owner.
Erika, and her late husband were motivated by the ‘adventure’ when they moved from Germany to Melbourne and after spending some time in the bustling metro, they looked further afar for a ‘tree change’ in Southern Grampians – where they opened the chocolate factory and raised their family. And we’re thankful they did as they create on-site, the best chocolate around.
The varieties are endless from coffee, strawberry, peppermint… or Erika’s personal favourite, aniseed.
A visit to the Glenelg Fine Chocolate shop feels like a warm hug. And the delightful chocolates are hand made, with love, from their family to yours. It’s worth a stop.