If you’re looking for an excuse to take a nice leisurely drive, or simply want a change of the same ol’ scenery, it’s time to check out one of these Gold Coast cafes off the beaten path. Whether hidden behind a pretty park or nesting in the countryside, they’ll prove worth the detour and discovery.
Clear your Sunday and keep your hunger growling, these five delights should keep you busy and satisfied for a month or so…
Twenty-five minutes drive inland from Burleigh Head, near the Bonogin Valley Bushland Park, you will stumble across the welcoming setting that is GrowCa. Signs warn of trotting horses on the roads ‘round this neck of the woods, and usually the only sounds to be heard are the chirp of birds and chatter of cafe goers. Pick up eco-friendly home supplies along with your velvety coffee and halloumi bagel breakfast.
Off the beaten path or totally off the Gold Coast? Who really cares, it was essential Harvest got a mention. Found in an unassuming neighbourhood pocket near Bangalow, the Harvest Deli has acquired a cult following of gourmet eaters and Byron locals. A deli cum restaurant cum bakery, the cute setting is worth the drive even if you pick up nothing more than a coffee and freshly baked loaf of sourdough.
Pasture & Co.
Part of the Ground Currumbin collective, Pasture & Co. offers numerous reasons to jump off the well trod path; think: kangaroos, cold pressed juices and a co-op farmer’s markets. And when you’re finished sipping hot chai and lounging over your scrambled tofu, you can head upstairs for a healing therapy like Shiatsu massage or Kinesiology.
Mudjira Village Eatery
There’s an element of ‘off the beaten track’ about everything in Mudgereeba, which is precisely why we love it and its cute cafe of Mudjira Village Eatery. Here you’ll find nourishing meals that come overflowing with edamame beans, sauerkraut, roasted vegetables and seeds, with every meal offering something unique that you wouldn’t likely whip up at home. Smashed avo toast doesn’t take a chef extraordinaire, but Mudjira’s meals are masterpieces.
No matter how many times you’ve driven this stretch of the GC Highway, you would still be forgiven for missing dear Cafe Catalina. Tucked away in the Thams Family Park overlooking the Broadwater, this gem
has their very own herb garden and mod-Oz meals aplenty, once you know about this hidden (and licensed!) cafe you’ll be back time and time again.
Looking for more eateries worth jumping in the car for? Have you checked out all of these gems?
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