Highfield's Village Green is home to a collection of historic cottages where you can browse the gift shops, pause for a delicious meal and then browse a bit more. The grassy lawn in the middle of the cottages is a great spot for children to play while parents relax with a coffee and enjoy the views across the Lockyer Valley, 700 meters below.
The main cottage is actually Highfield's original 1877 school house, which has been restored and is now well known as The Chocolate Cottage because they produce a very tempting range of chocolates - all handmade on site. We took a drive up The Great Dividing Range, stopped in for Sunday lunch, and found the place was buzzing with happy visitors.
The children spent quite some time staring at the chocolates, trying to decide which one to take home, and the adults chose some very tasty home made fudge. After a leisurely lunch beneath the flowering wisteria, we pottered around the quilt and craft shops, buying one or two special treasures for upcoming birthdays. The whole venue has a fun atmosphere and I highly recommend it, especially for families with children.
The Chocolate Cottage is an ideal destination cafe located fifteen minutes North of Toowoomba (ninety minutes West of Brisbane CBD), with a quiet garden setting, excellent food and some unique shopping opportunities. If you're planning a visit anywhere nearby, be sure to stop in at The Chocolate Cottage - it's guaranteed to keep the family smiling all the way home.