20 September 2017
In recent years, Sydney’s booming cafe culture and love of brunch has spread to towns and cities across NSW. With hundreds of kilometres of breathtaking coastline, NSW is full of fantastic spots to enjoy a beachside brunch.
Located on the ground floor of Avoca Beach Surf Life Saving Club, The Point Cafe is one of many noteworthy brunch spots on the Central Coast. Although better known for its seafood platters and fresh fish and chips, The Point Cafe also has lots to offer patrons who are still waking up. Take your pick of the ricotta hotcakes, breakfast bruschetta, Spanish omelette and housemade muesli, to name just a few options. With indoor and outdoor seating options offering extensive views of Avoca Beach, The Point Cafe is a fantastic place to spend a lazy morning.
30 minutes south of Byron Bay, the coastal town of Ballina is home to plenty of great spots for a mid-morning meal. Situated right next to the Richmond River lighthouse, Lighthouse Beach Cafe is a standout option offering extensive views of both Ballina Head and Lighthouse Beach. The cafe serves up a range of classic breakfast items, including vegetarian and gluten-free options, as well as a kids’ menu. With a blue-and-white aesthetic adding to the coastal atmosphere, Lighthouse Beach Cafe is an excellent choice for your next Ballina-based brunch.
There’s no shortage of trendy cafes lining the sands of Byron Bay’s famous beaches. Yet few of these eateries have mastered the art of brunch as convincingly as The Pass Cafe. Situated above Pass Beach, The Pass Cafe is a popular spot to grab breakfast or brunch after exploring the nearby lighthouse walk. The selection of classic breakfast and lunch dishes, combined with famously friendly service, makes The Pass Cafe a longtime favourite among locals and visitors alike. Although the beach is now hidden from view by native trees, diners can still enjoy their food accompanied by the sound of crashing waves.
Picturesque St Georges Basin is where you’ll find one of the South Coast’s hidden gems. Located on the northern shore near Sepulchre Island, The Pelican Waterfront Cafe enjoys sweeping views over St Georges basin. The big breakfast is a solid choice for anyone craving a hearty brunch, although it’s the coffee and freshly made desserts that seem to have the locals coming back for more. With impeccable service and unbeatable waterfront views, having brunch at The Pelican Waterfront Cafe & Restaurant is a great way to start a morning in the Shoalhaven.
Just a short drive up the coastline, Cove Cafe Terrigal is another popular spot for a waterfront brunch. As well as the old favourites, Cove Cafe Terrigal also serves up some more innovative dishes. Try the breakfast tacos, opt for a bowl of coconut oatmeal, or start your day on a romantic note with a breakfast platter for two. They also offer smoothies, juices, coffee, and more than 10 different types of tea, including black, green, white and Rooibos varieties. Whatever your prefered pick-me-up, Cove Cafe Terrigal has all the ingredients for a palate-pleasing brunch.
A longstanding feature on the Newcastle coastline, Merewether Surfhouse was shut down in 1995 due to damage sustained during an earthquake. It remained that way until 2011, when a huge redevelopment saw it transform into a stunning modern venue complete with a pizza bar, function room, cafe, cocktail bar and restaurant. Head to the downstairs cafe to enjoy a diverse breakfast menu along with 270-degree views of the coastline. Whether you prefer the eggs benedict or a fresh dragon fruit bowl, it’s best to get in early—Merewether Surfhouse is one of Newcastle’s busiest brunch spots!