The Cadbury Factory (http://www.cadbury.com.au/about-cadbury/cadbury-visitor-centre.aspx) was one of the places we decided we wanted to see while we were in Hobart so we rocked up to the visitor centre at Claremont for a look see. To even gain entry one has to pay $7.50 which gets you inside and a small sample bag of Cadbury products.
Once inside there is a an area selling souvenirs in the form of branded shirts and jackets, cups, pens, mugs etc. and an adjacent coffee shop which also serves as a canteen to the adjoining employee dining room. There is a presentation area which has seating for 50 – 60 people and a presentation is made on the half hour explaining the chocolate making process. This presentation is supported by video of the actual process on the production line in the factory – visitors are not allowed in the factory for OH&S reasons.
We learned a few things during the presentation – Cadbury is now owned by Kraft and is no longer Cadbury Schweppes; the current foil and cardboard wrapper of Cadbury family blocks is about to disappear to be replaced by a flow through wrapper similar to that found on smaller bars such as the Cherry Ripe – the reason efficiency in the wrapping process equates to less money spent and a higher profit margin.
After the presentation is finished patrons are invited to enter the sales area where all manner of Cadbury products can be purchased at discounted prices – for example a family block could be purchased for $2.50 (Woolworths had them on special this week for $3.00). Having purchased a few items we moved to the souvenir area and made another purchase before we departed the establishment.
While in Hobart you are invited to explore the City via the Red Decker (http://www.reddecker.com.au/) – the Red Decker is a double decker London bus panted red. The brochure advertising the 90 minute tour suggests:-
- Fantastic 360 degree views from the top deck.
- Bus Passes valid for 3 days!
- Hop on Hop off – take the full tour, or do both.
- Professional commentary.
- Use your bus pass to receive great discounts!
- Locals – bring a visitor and travel Free.
We took the tour to see the sights of Hobart and take a few photos as we toured around. It was quite difficult to take photos from the bus as most passengers gravitated to the top deck and since the top deck was enclosed the promise of 360 degree views was unfulfilled.
As we toured around the driver did provide an interesting commentary and did advise of upcoming points of interest but was unable to stop to allow photography so unless you aimed and fired quickly (and you were on the right side of the bus for the particular sight) what you got was not necessarily what was expected.
The trip had twenty stops all of interesting places and one could get off the bus at any time to explore a particular spot but unless you could fill in 1.5 to 2 hours until the next bus (or take a long walk) getting off was not entirely practical.
After the tour concluded we had lunch in the city and then took a Metro Bus (the wrong one) for the ride home. As it turned out we chose the wrong route and saw a lot more of the suburban area of Glenorchy, Claremont and Chigwell before a fairly long walk back to the caravan park.