We left Seashells Yallingup and drove to Goanna Cafe & Gallery for breakfast. There are several areas to sit at Goanna Cafe – under colourful umbrellas at the front of the cafe; in the covered verandah area, where large tables and bench seating will suit groups; inside, probably the least tranquil option, as customers line up to place orders at the counter and food comes out of the kitchen; and at the back of the cafe, where tables look out onto the bush. It’s a family-friendly cafe – out the back there’s also a covered area off to the side, with toys, sandpit and large blackboard. The surrounding bushland provides space for kids to run around, with timber playground equipment and quirky sculptures to discover.
It was a crisp, sunny morning, just too beautiful to sit indoors. We sat out back and enjoyed a hearty breakfast ‘watched’ by a colourful metal menagerie, occasionally interrupted by giggles and rustling in the bushes – kids exploring, crawling, climbing.
The menu is driven by seasonal and local produce, and chef owners and business partners Duncan and Tim make as much as possible in-house. Jac chose the Bush Breakfast ($AU19) with scrambled eggs, toast, garlic mushrooms, roasted tomato and pesto. I love hot potatoes and chose the Spanish Breakfast ($21) with scrambled eggs, toast, chorizo, roasted tomatoes and paprika fried potatoes. Fabulously curdy soft eggs, but a gigantic pan of those potatoes would be pure happiness… I’m still thinking about them months later.
The Goanna Gallery features local artwork, handcrafts and gifts, giving emerging artists and photographers from the region the opportunity to exhibit their work in the Cafe.
There is plenty to look at if you’re not in a hurry. After breakfast, we took a walk along the bush track, spotting more sculptures hidden in the bushland.
We’ll be back.
Prices have been included for your information; our breakfast was compliments of Goanna Cafe & Gallery.
Goanna Cafe & Gallery
278 Hayes Road
Quindalup WA 6281 (ten minutes from Dunsborough)
Breakfast Wednesday to Friday 9am to 12pm
Weekend breakfast all day from 8.30am
Lunch Wednesday to Friday from 12pm
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
Plenty of parking
Back on the road we went. There’s just one more post to come in this series.
About this trip and this series – Margaret River 2014
We visited the Margaret River region in the south west of Western Australia for four days in May as guests of the Augusta Margaret River Tourism Association and were hosted by restaurants and businesses in the region.
We drove to the region and used a Margaret River Region Map to guide us to the stops on our itinerary.
In reading order, the full list of blog posts from this trip are:
- Discovery Menu, Voyager Estate, Margaret River
- Bettenay’s – Margaret River Nougat Company
- Dining in Margaret River town
- Lake Cave, Margaret River
- Brookwood Estate
- Margaret River Chocolate Company and Providore
- Margaret River Farmers Market
- The Berry Farm, Rosa Glen
- Two days in Yallingup, Part 1
- Goanna Gallery Cafe, Dunsborough – this post
- Two days in Yallingup, Part 2 – Aravina Estate
For more information about visiting the Margaret River region including how to get there, visit margaretriver.com