This weekend Will (my boyfriend) and I decided to take a trip to Palm Beach. You know the beach which Home and Away is filmed at? That’s the one!
Besides it being famous for being featured daily on Home and Away, it’s an absolutely gorgeous beach. It’s perfect for surfing, long walks and sun-bathing. What more do you need!
Well, a decent eatery/café/coffee shop of course! And that’s just what we found at The Boathouse.
The Boathouse is located on the opposite side of the spit to the ocean-side beach. And although not on the ocean-side, The Boathouse sits on the water where the water is a lot calmer and you’re somewhat protected from the strong ocean winds.
Protected from the winds, it’s the perfect place to relax, enjoy brunch and sip a strong flat white to ease you into the day. And boy the coffee was good as you’d expect…which is why I had two.
Food-wise, there is plenty to choose from including the impressive looking fish ‘n’ chips or the toasted banana bread with mascarpone. I’d even go as far to say they looked like the best fish ‘n’ chips I’ve seen in Oz. God only knows why I didn’t order them!? Next time, there is always next time.
Alternatively, there are plenty of healthy options to choose from if you fancy something nourishing like the ‘Avocado + Tomato Toast ’ – sourdough of course - topped with feta, fresh basil and lemon.
Essentially, what I am saying is there is something for everyone! And kids these days are all over the avo on toast it seems! (I overheard a child in the IGA – basically your English Waitrose – saying they’d have avo on toast for breaky every morning if they could.) Woah, I know. All I wanted as a child was cocopops and about 10 bowls of them..
Anyway, back to The Boathouse.
It’s not all the large, so finding a seat was a little tricky. Luckily, there were only 2 of us so we didn’t have too much trouble. If you’re part of a larger group, save yourself the hassle and get there early! Because it’s no fun hovering over tables hoping they will leave, is it?
Although, they do have plenty of take-out options. At the entrance on the left, there is a super cute blue-stripped ice-cream van which I totally fell in love with. Does anyway else dream of having a coffee van or is that just me?
Next to the van, you can grab pastries and freshly made coffee too. So if you’re heading straight to the lighthouse, go here and skip the queues. Walking up a hill is far more fun with caffeine in-hand anyway!
If you’re not into walking, I did also spy a kayak hire place right next door. I am actually not sure if it was part of The Boathouse or a separate company but I could literally see the kayaks as I sipped my coffee on the deck so hop across and give it a go if you have time. Otherwise, opt for people-watching which is what I spent my afternoon doing. Plenty of families head down with paddle boards and spend the afternoon trying to teach their children how to not fall off. It’s rather entertaining.
Recommended: Eugalo Vegetable Plate – Pumpkin, beetroot, hummus, falafel, carrot + avocado.
web: http://www.theboathousegroup.com.au/ Tel: +61 2 9974 5440