Charley’s Chocolate Tour is Australia’s only Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar Experience.If you love Chocolate this is a “must do”. Tours are every Thursday and Sunday at 10.30am. Bookings are essential.
Charley’s Chocolate Tour is unique in Australia and one of only a few places in the world where you can experience the whole journey of chocolate from “Cocoa Tree to Chocolate Bar”.
Charley’s is real and genuine! It is deliberately NOT a theme park. It’s authentic and all about how one of our favourite foods comes into being. Charley’s people are passionate about what they do and want you to share the fascinating chocolate story. The tour is fun, very much “hands on” and hugely informative.
Here are some of the highlights of the tour:
- A look at the fascinating 3800 year history of cocoa.
- Visit the tree nursery and a mature cocoa tree plantation.
- See the tiny orchid-like flowers and ripe cocoa pods.
- Look at age-old fermentation and drying techniques.
- See a cocoa pod being opened and taste cocoa nibs.
- Take part in some of the steps of making actual chocolate.
The highpoint of the tour is the chocolate tasting! Here we feature our multi award winning Australian grown and made premium single origin chocolate.
Here is what some of our visitors had to say: “Knocks the other chocolate factories we’ve been to out of the park! Very Inspiring.” “One of the most informative tours I’ve been on (worldwide) Very fascinating and authentic” “Your passion shines through.” “Yummy” “Really liked the kids being able to see/learn where our food comes from.”
Tour Days & Times Charley’s Chocolate tour operates every Thursday and Sunday. (subject to minimum number of guests)
Gate opens at 10.00am PLEASE DO NOT ARRIVE PRIOR TO 10.00AM
Please arrive AFTER 10.00am BUT BEFORE 10.20am
Tour starts promptly at 10.30am (we are unable to wait for latecomers)
Lunch finishes at 1.30pm
Our Child rate covers children aged from 3 to 15. Babies and children under 3 are free, but lunch and samples are not provided. Over 15’s are adult rate.
Aussie Farm Lunch This is included in your tour and features local grass fed beef burgers, BBQ’d to perfection and served with caramelised onion and a choice of condiments. (Vegetarian or gluten-free option is available but MUST be pre-ordered at time of booking). Soft drinks and spring water are available to buy.
What to bring:
Sensible shoes and a wide brimmed hat. Sunscreen and insect repellant is a good idea. Don’t forget your camera. Use of an umbrella is provided free, if rainy.
Shopping at Charley’s: Naturally, all our chocolate is available for you to buy. We accept Cash, EFTPOS, Visa, Mastercard. We also feature other selected local products.
Other important Stuff
All tours must be pre-booked and paid for, prior to arrival at Charley’s. We welcome kids but ask that they be supervised at all times. Smoking is not permitted.
All walking is on level or very slightly sloping gravel or grass. Minimal fitness is all that is required. Charley’s is an all-weather tour, at times this may mean slightly muddy conditions underfoot. However, this also means you can visit Charley’s when other tours may not be available.
We welcome children of all ages on our tours. The content is designed for adults and older children, therefore, we find that some young children under 4-5 years old occasionally get restless. To assist we provide colouring books and we try to keep them involved. We are of course very happy to discuss the suitability with you before you book.
Location & Travel TimesWe’re located at Mt Edna, 388 Cassowary Drive. Mission Beach.
If using Google maps, enter “Charley’s Chocolate Factory”, do NOT search on 388 Cassowary Drive.
Travel Times From:
Mission Beach 10min
Getting to Charley’s is self-drive. There are directional signs on the road and an “A” board at the entrance. Ample parking is available. We are Caravan & RV friendly.
We are required to record guest details in a secure way and hold for a two month
period. These details will not be shared unless specifically requested by the
government for purposes of public health.
If you feel unwell in any way, we request that you do not attend the tour.
If you fall into the vulnerable/at risk category we recommend that you do not attend
one of our tours until Queensland health advises that it is safe to do so.
If you are vulnerable/ “at risk” and you wish to attend the tour we recommend that
you take your own additional safety precautions. Please be aware in this instance we
cannot guarantee your safety.
You will be reminded on arrival that you must declare any symptoms prior to the
commencement of the tour. We reserve the right to refuse you attending should it put
other guests at risk.
During the tour we will be observing all the rules to keep us all safe and limit
numbers so that we observe the 1.5 metre social distancing rule.
You will be reminded during the tour of social distancing. Hand sanitiser will be
available, and you will be required to use this to keep yourself and everyone else safe.
Charley’s Chocolate tours will be operating in compliance with the industry COVID
Safe Plan to found at https://www.covid19.qld.gov.au/government-actions/approved-
industry-covid-safe-plans and specifically the Queensland Tourism and Hospitality
COVID Safe Business Plan.