The Café

a white bowl containing quandong slice, cream, ice cream and quandong sauce is in the foreground; a cappuccino is in the background

Delicious dining options to tempt every taste

Café Business Hours


Breakfast 9:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakfast Menu
Lunch 11:00 am – 3:00 pm – Lunch Menu

Weekends and Public Holidays

Breakfast 10:00 am – 11:00 am – Breakfast Menu
Lunch 11:00 am – 2:00 pm – Lunch Menu

Coffee and cake available all day

Looking for a place to meet friends for lunch or just somewhere to relax and enjoy a coffee? Our café is set in one of Port Augusta's most peaceful and scenic locations. It's also open 7 days a week and offers a huge range of mouth-watering, “home-cooked” dishes including our famous Banjo (tuna) patties seasoned with native herbs and spices or our yummy Lemon Myrtle pancakes with quandong icecream. We're licensed too! View the full range of dishes and regional wines available on our menu.

Coaches & Group Bookings

We welcome many Coach & Group visits as well, here are alternative menu options for larger groups such as these:

Coach and Group Packages Booking Form

Kids Parties in the Arid Explorer Garden

Did you know you can book the shelter shed in our Arid Explorers Children's Garden for kids parties? FREE of charge!!

Arid Explorers Children's Garden Booking Form

So, don't miss our award-winning visitor centre – it's the perfect place for a relaxing lunch and our friendly staff can also help you organise your next function.

“Great place to visit. Caters for all abilities. We also had lunch at the Cafe, Amazing. We had the Angus beef burger and the specials platter.”

– (Google October 2023)

“The park also came along with a great cafe where they sold all native foods and bush Tucker. I recommend trying the native tasting plate and of course the selection of indigenous ice creams such as wattle seed and bush lime.”

– (Google July 2023)

“Delicious food and coffee, cheery staff and wonderful view to the outdoor environment.”

– (Trip Advisor September 2023)

“If you're in need of a light meal or a coffee and cake the Arid Lands Botanical Garden Visitor Centre is a great place for it. Beautiful views whilst you're enjoying your beverage or meal. Staff are really friendly and the coffee is really good.”

– (Trip Advisor April 2023)

“The cafe food was sensational. Wife had the Banjo Tuna patties & native bush herbs. Go the native-flavoured ice-cream sampler: quandong, native lime, lemon myrtle, wattle seed (all using Laura's Golden North ice-cream) ~A must taste. Delicious.”

– (Trip Advisor June 2022)