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The Boathouse Palm Beach

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by Ashley (subscribe)
I am passionate about discovering new food and places in and out of Sydney.
Published December 23rd 2012
Don't have to drive far for peaceful beach, food and view
On a Sunny weekend, whilst my sisters were visiting us from abroad, we brought them for a day trip to Palm Beach as it was only just over an hour drive from Sydney.

We wanted to bring them somewhere with great views and food so that they can enjoy the beautiful weather and atmosphere that Australia has to offer. Thanks to my husband's efficient search on the internet, we came upon The Boathouse which had great reviews.

There was plenty of car parking available, but costs about $3 an hour.

The entrance of The Boathouse was cute with fresh vibrant colourful fruits on display

Entrance of boathouse


There where also flowers for sale, which I thought was rather cool

Flowers for sale


As you enter into The Boathouse, it is decorated with rustic furnishings and interiors with beautiful flowers and plants displayed around. The menu had a good range of yummy quality food, but the price is definitely on the steep end.

We waited in line for about 10 minutes before it was our turn. The guy at the counter was very friendly and had a great smile. The 10 minutes wait was nothing compared to the almost 30 minutes wait on the food. The drinks came out first but I could have finished 3 cups of coffee by the time the food came out - this is definitely not the place for a quick 10 minute bite.

Ice Chocolate


Soy Cappuccino


Please check out the menu, they have a breakfast and lunch menu. We arrived about 11:30am, so we ordered mainly from the breakfast menu of Fruit Toast, Poached Eggs on Toast and Mushroom Toast. My hubby being a fish and chips addict, ordered from the lunch menu.

Sonoma Fruit Toast with Ricotta and Fruit Compote $10


Poached Eggs with Roast Tomato and Bacon on Sourdough $19


Mushroom Toast with Rocket, Roasted Macadamia, Haloumi and Chilli Jam on Miche Toast $21


When we finished our food, we were still waiting for the fish and chips. However, despite the long wait of about 40 minutes after our drinks, and the rather high price of the fish, it was presented nicely and tasted great too!

Local Beer Battered Flathead $28


It is very hard to complain about how busy and long we had to wait when we had great views, food and drinks and friendly service too.

After the satisfying and filling brunch we headed off to Whale Beach, which is 6 minutes drive from The Boathouse and enjoyed a relaxing afternoon soaking in the sun.

Whale Beach


When I asked my sisters at the end of their stay in Sydney what was the best part, they said The Boathouse.

I enjoyed myself so much, I've planned another trip next week with a few girlfriends who also enjoy good food, wine and views.
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Why? Quick escape from Sydney to enjoy great food and views!
When: Daily 7.30am - 4pm, Breakfast 7.30pm - 12pm, Lunch 12pm - 3pm
Phone: 02 9974 3868
Where: Barrenjoey Boathouse, Governor Phillip Park, Palm Beach NSW 2108
Cost: $10-$50
Your Comment
I like your photo with the feet!
by Oxford Explorer (score: 2|655) 2746 days ago
Sounds like a nice place. The pictures made me hungry:)
by Ms. Samantha (score: 2|362) 2746 days ago
It's so great to read an honest and detailed account/review of your experience with The Boathouse. Thanks for including prices and pics. Now people can really get a feel for if they would like to go. Too often people write advertorials for businesses and that is not helpful at all. Thanks for sharing your realistic story.
by email24 (score: 0|4) 2744 days ago
I really like your photos of the food and decor. Very enjoyable review, would be keen to try this place :)
by ceeja (score: 0|3) 2740 days ago
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