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Dancing Waters Cafe

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by Tracey Winning (subscribe)
A freelance writer who can't resist good food and exploring new places. Visit my blog at www.travelchook.com
Published May 19th 2013
Fantastic cafe in beautiful Springbrook
Hidden away in the lush forest of Springbrook, on the doorstep of the National Park, is a little gem of a cafe. Quaint, pretty, welcoming and unique, Dancing Waters Cafe prides itself on its delicious food with an emphasis on natural quality ingredients.

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Dancing Waters Cafe in Springbrook


What makes this place so special is a combination of key factors. Firstly, it is stunningly located right next door to the gorgeous rainforest trail: Purling Brook Falls circuit. Secondly, the cafe has a lovely warm ambience and the choice of inside seating by the fireplace, or outside tables overlooking the forest.

Having enjoyed lunch and afternoon tea there on a number of occasions, I can personally vouch for the food. Last month, I sat outside on the balcony overlooking the forest, watching the birds and feasting on the tasty Cascade Chicken Toastie. It was fantastic, and the best most original chicken toasted sandwich I've ever had in my life, by a country mile.

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Balcony seating at Dancing Waters Cafe, Springbrook


This month, a friend and I wandered into the cafe cold and tired from a morning hike. Minutes later, we were comfortably seated on handmade wooden chairs by a blazing fireplace sipping on fancy hot chocolates with pink marshmallows and sharing homemade carrot cake - bliss.

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Hot Chocolate and Carrot Cake at Dancing Waters Cafe, Springbrook


Usually open seven days a week from approximately ten am till four pm, Dancing Waters Cafe is a charming place and complements the beautiful national park surrounding it. Food is fresh, homemade, scrumptious, catering to everyone from the meat-eater to the vegetarian, vegan and even those requiring gluten free options. The shelves in the cafe are lined with little homemade pots of pleasure for those who wish to purchase something for the cupboard at home.

Along with loads of yummy cakes and lunch options, some with a twist, Dancing Waters also serves great hot drinks made with love.

Cafe in Springbrook, Dancing Waters Cafe, Gold Coast Hinterland cafe, Springbrook restaurant
Dancing Waters Cafe


The ideal day out doesn't get much better taking a hike around one of the many Springbrook walking trails and then calling into Dancing Waters Cafe for some great food and a hot drink. I often make a picnic lunch to take to Springbrook, but lately I've been enjoying the pleasures of visiting this wonderful little cafe so much, and it is so reasonably priced that I'm taking a picnic less and less and enjoying the cafe more and more.

I just hope this place stays around for another twenty five years. It truly is a precious little diamond tucked away amongst beautiful mountain scenery, and I am just so grateful for it.
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Why? Brilliant food, gorgeous location, perfect for after walking rainforest trails.
When: 7 days a week between 10-4pm
Phone: 07 5533 5335
Where: 33 Forestry Road Springbrook Qld 4213
Cost: Very reasonable
Your Comment
We were up at Springbrook a couple of weekends ago and this is indeed the pick of all the places up there by a long stretch. Unfortunately the owner and cook is selling up and moving to the Granite Belt. It will be a big loss for Springbrook.
by hahau (score: 0|7) 2217 days ago
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