Melbas Chocolate Factory is located just past the main shopping area of Woodside, about 40mins east of Adelaide in the Adelaide Hills. It is a great place to take the family on a day trip or main destination around which to plan a few hours in the Hills one day.

When we were kids I spent a LOT of time helping myself to the samples at Melba’s as my sister used to ride horses at one of the nearby properties and I had a lot of spare time to kill in the area. I was always fascinated to watch the process of making the chocolate, toffee traffic lights and other delicious goodies (the samples were an added bonus!).

The current site is known as ‘Heritage Park’ and houses Melbas Chocolate Factory and a range of other cottage industries such as the next door Cheese Factory, so there really is something for everyone here. The factory has been transformed into a large emporium styled confectionery factory shop with its heritage equipment making delisious old fashioned treats. This is a centerpiece for 5 different rooms, where various manufacturing processes can be viewed. These are the Chocolate Room, Depositing Room, Packing Room, Panning Room & Toffee Room.

Melbas Chocolate Factory is a pretty cool destination in it’s own right and a great place to visit with the family. When you’re in the area, you should also check out a few of the other places around to make a full day outing – some of our favourites including Barrister’s Block Winery just across the road, Olive Branch cafe and playspace in Balhannah, the Balhannah Playground and Beerenberg Farm.