the 17sec commute

 

My workday starts like most people’s: I wake up get out of bed take a shower, kit up and leave home. But this is where my day takes a short cut. Unlike most people I don’t get in a car, on a train or ride a bike. I walk 17 sec from the studio to Platypi Chocolate, a unique modern building nestled into the hillside at 73 Grant St, Forrest in the beautiful Otway Ranges.

My day really only gets better from there. I spend my time cooking, chatting to locals, visitors to our region and looking out the panoramic windows 5½ meters up in the tree line. If it’s quiet I might have to slip out for a quick Mountain Bike ride or do some gardening. Of course I have to taste test the product regularly to insure you are getting our best.

Come spend a little quiet time with us and become a little more chilled like we are.

Bish

 

Being part of Platypi Chocolate means being part of the Otway Ranges and the beautiful animals that call this place their home. Besides our regular customers of the two legged variety, we are visited every day by furred and feathered friends.

King Parrots fly onto the balcony and stay to feed from my hand on a pumpkin seed or ten. Black Cockatoos screech and fly past in their family groups, occasionally resting in the trees and displaying their beautifully colored tails and crests.

Rosellas, Kookaburras, Gang Gangs, Honey Eaters and Magpies all put in an appearance along with many others native to the area.

Our furry friends are usually seen early in the morning or late in the day. Grey Kangaroos, Red Necked Wallabies, Echidnas, Native Bats and a few feral deer, rabbits and foxes all call our block home.

Come spend some time at Plataypi Chocolate and meet our friends

Bish

Dinny Goonan: Dinny Goonan Wines

Platypi Chocolate is proud to work with local renowned wine-maker Dinny Goonan.

Dinny Goonan Wines was established in 1988 and produces wines of exceptional quality with a focus on Riesling and Shiraz.

“Good winemaking begins in the vineyard.  We think that the Otway hinterland is a great place to grow premium cool climate grapes.  We see ourselves as custodians of the fruit raising it with care in the vineyard and steering it through the winemaking process with as little intervention as possible.  We want the wine to speak of the place where it was grown.”

Located on the inland road to Lorne between Winchelsea and Dean’s Marsh, the Cellar Door is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm on weekends and public holidays and every day from Boxing Day to Australia Day. Well worth a visit as you tour the amazing Otways region.

Platypi Chocolate proudly combines Dinny’s wine into our chocolate range. We soak plump Australian raisins in his multi-award winning Shiraz for several days, followed by a couple of extra hours in the dehydrator. This process intensifies the delicious flavours before we wrap them in a thick layer of couverture Belgian dark chocolate.

Dinny Goonan Wines
880 Winchelsea – Deans Marsh Rd, Bambra

“Wow!” That’s generally the first comment when we deliver one of our hot chocolates to the table.

Resting on a locally made timber tray sits all you need to construct your own hot chocolate heaven. In your hug mug is a little of our own chocolate sauce made from rich extra brut cocoa powder. At the other end is a jug of hot milk. Nestled between is your hot chocolate bomb. Each bomb contains a flavoured ganache waiting to be melted into your milk. The finishing touch is a homemade marshmallow.

Creating your hot chocolate is a little bit of theatre as your watch the milk melt through the hollow top half and then the milk change colour as all the chocolatey goodness melts into it.

There are heaps of option to choose from, so you might have to visit a few times…

Flavours:

  • Just chocolate: milk chocolate outside and a dark chocolate ganache (chocolate and cream) inside
  • Add a freshly brewed coffee shot for a chocolatey mocha
  • Garden mint: a dark ball with a white chocolate mint ganache flavoured with two varieties of mint we grow in our organic herb garden
  • Blood orange: the darkest of the lot, with blood orange pulp in the ganache
  • Hazelnut: Gianduja chocolate (milk chocolate with hazelnut paste) in milk chocolate with a drizzle of gold chocolate
  • White: just white, no chocolate sauce with this one

Ever had a choc-tail? Add a shot of Kahlua or Frangelico with your choice of flavours

Dairy free / vegan versions available – we drown a dark chocolate frog in soy or almond milk.

Forrest has great options to keep you and your family entertained from a half day to multiple day stay. For a small town the foodie options are fantastic and for those looking for adventure, bush walking, mountain biking and horse riding are just the start.

plan a day trip

A day gives you a lot of options in Forrest. You have four food options, Platypi Chocolate, Forrest Brewing Co, Forrest General Store and the Terminus Hotel.

After a pleasant meal and refreshments, you can take a walk or ride on the 62Km plus of MTB/walking trails which surround the town. Bring your bike or hire one from Forrest Hire Bikes. The kids can take on the MTB Skills Park opposite Platypi Chocolate or walk to the caravan park.

Drive or walk to the West Barwon Reservoir and wander along the top of the dam or have a BBQ at the carpark facilities. Walk a loop of the town on the Forrest History Walk or visit the Bric a Brac store on Station Street. Take a short drive to Lake Elizabeth or Stevensons Falls to enjoy Otway sights, scents and sounds.

more time to spend

A day just isn’t enough in the Otways. Add in waterfall walks, beach trips, ropes courses, backroads drives and bush camping and you’ll look forward to a great holiday.

Sixty-two kilometres of MTB trails and endless scenic gravel grinds means you can ride all day on tracks graded from beginner to experienced. Within an hour’s drive you can abseil, take a treetop walk, ride a Zorb Ball and engage you friends in a paintball battle.

Ever seen a platypus? Otway EcoTours can take you for a paddle on Lake Elizabeth around dawn or dusk to spot the elusive, but amazing creatures.

The coastal surf beaches of Apollo Bay, Lorne, Cumberland, Wye River and Kennett River are in easy reach, all with scenic drive options. There are many waterfall options and the stand of American Redwoods near Beech Forest is a must see.

The Otway Harvest Trail can guide you to many local producers growing and making products from wine to black garlic. There are hatted restaurants and many fine eateries wineries, breweries and berry farms.