Round trip to Junee

Today (Wednesday 20th of March) we explored the area, leaving the caravan in Ariah Park. (CAW6, NSW #965) We headed east to Temora, the capital of the shire that encompasses Ariah Park. Once again a lovely country town. We filled up our gas bottle – fairly reasonably priced at $23.94.

We headed south and stopped in Junee to have a look around. Many interesting buildings caught my eye. The railway station, still in use, certainly is an outstanding building in beautiful condition. (Lesley’s photo)

And from the railway side.

An old hotel

Perhaps the rules in Junee about not smoking within a few meters from the entrance to a public place does not apply…

A different hotel

Beautiful balustrades on the above hotel.

I was amazed to see palm trees in the middle of the road. Nice to see roses as well. A very well kept town.

I liked the ANZ bank building as well. I wonder what it used to be?

We obviously looked like tourists, taking pictures of everything. This is a photo of a statue of Ray Warren and myself (not a statue…) taken by Lesley. Not that I knew who he is or would care. Apparently he is a rugby league commentator born in Junee.

Anyhow – a local asked us whether we were looking for the Licorice and Chocolate factory. No we are not – we try to avoid anything tempting… Well the guy didn’t think we should miss the factory. ‘Even if you are not into Licorice or Chocolate – they have great lunches there.’ That sold us – off we go to the factory.

The Licorice factory is housed in an old flour mill. The main ingredient of licorice actually is flour. I love the two halves of the building – the front is brick, but the back is corrugated iron.

Licorice is a herb that has been used for a long long time. It is the root that is used for the licorice as we know it. They have a few plants growing in the gardens.

Of course the factory promotes the benefits of the Licorice Plant.

I am not so sure the benefits outweigh the amount of sugar and flour used in the production of Licorice. Anyhow I enjoyed the samples that we were given in our tour.

The following photos are Lesley’s captures.
In the factory

Outside in the garden

Our lunch – Risotto with olives, red onion and pan seared duck breast. For $15.00 an excellent lunch. Duck was cooked perfectly, risotto was a little bit dry, but still enjoyable.

The sunken garden was created in the space of an old gasometer.

Back to Erich’s photos – I always have loved wood piles.

And back to some photos inside the factory. Smaller production quantities are processed in these coppers. Here they coat a variety of cores with Belgian Chocolate:

  • Licorice
  • Sultanas
  • Ginger
  • Almonds
  • Muscats
  • Coffee Beans
  • Macadamias
  • Cherries

We taste tested the chocolate coated Licorice and Almonds. Both were delicious. I congratulate myself on my willpower not to buy additional supplies. Although they claim they are all healthy, I don’t think the sugar would do me much good.

Special cakes are hand assembled.

For larger productions (like for Coles and Woolworths) a different machine is used.

Click on the photo to watch a short video of the coating of Licorice with Belgian Chocolate.

I was glad, the local had convinced us to go to visit the Licorice and Chocolate factory. I really enjoyed learning more about licorice and chocolate and although a bit touristy, it was well worthwhile.

We returned to Ariah Park and found a lot more vans had arrived. All told there will be 10 vans/motorhomes/campertrailers tonight compared with the two last night.

In the evening, having had a fairly big lunch, we had cheese kransky as a snack, cooked outside on a little gas stove by Lesley.

This was a perfect end to an other beautiful day on the road.

view map: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2055237

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2 Responses to Round trip to Junee

  1. Jill Joicey says:

    Thank god
    you still do wood piles !!! Amazing trip thanks for your blog we so enjoy it . keep safe .

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