Julie is the author of a number of guidebooks, including 'Melbourne's Best Bush Bay and City Walks' & 'Melbourne for Dogs' (with RSPCA). Read more of her adventures at her walks blog: walksmelbourne.com
If chocolate is your thing (isn't it everyone's?), if you are a history buff, if you like a good guided walk, or even if you just like a whiff of Melbourne's personalities, consider going on the Melbourne Chocolate History Tour which is being offered by Mamor Chocolates in Collingwood.
MacPherson Robertson, the man with the mouthful of a name and of chocolates!
The tour kicks off at1.50pm for a 2pm start on the first Sunday of each month, starting on the 4th of August, and takes you through the chocolate alleys of Fitzroy and Collingwood, where you will see and learn about the huge old confectionery factories of MacPherson Robertson who once employed over 3000 people This man is a seriously important national icon - he invented the Freddo Frog! The tour leader, Professor Howard Frederick (himself a fascinating mix of passionate chocolatier and a professor of business entrepreneurship at Deakin Uni) will give you insights into Mac's colourful life, how the chocolate industry grew in Melbourne, and take you to other other famous chocolatiers in Fitzroy and Collingwood.
Original Freddo Frog packaging
A big incentive to complete the 2.3km walk is the chocolate tasting high tea, included in the price of the tour, which is offered to participants back at Szalon Mamor at the end of the walk.
The cost is $55 per person (ages 12 and over only), and groups of 6 or more booking at the same time attract a $10 per person discount. The price also includes a free iPhone app and a map of the walk. Bookings for the tours can be made online. And yes, you probably shouldn't tell your dentist you are going.
Mouth-watering chocolates for high tea at Mamor Chocolates
A lesser known but perhaps interesting fact is that freddo frog was originally called Fredo (Frey doh) but was changed to Freddo to have a more Australian feel.
He was actually created by cartoonist Gus McLaren.