Breaking the Queensland stereotypes, one scone at a time
You probably think subtropical north Queensland towns like Mackay are all about blokes sucking down Castlemaine XXXX and sheilas swaggering around in cut-off denim shorts. You probably would never mistake this vinegar-soaked chips town for a place of doilies, prim and proper tea cups, and decorated cupcakes daintily nibbled down in polite society.
A rosy posy start to your afternoon.
And yet there Deja Vu is, in all its pink and gorgeous glory, perched elegantly in the middle of the action in Sydney Street. Vintage tearooms are all the rage right now, and not even Mackay has escaped the resurgence of the yesteryear cupcake madness. This place is all about the French Provincial, the posh English linen, and the unabashedly floral cushions, darling.
You could get lost amongst the teapots, the keepsake boxes and the brooches. But once you manoeuvre your way through what seems to be a jungle of pink paper roses, you will chance upon none other than the Deja Vu Tea Room. And it's pretty darn special.
You'll feel more than a little high society in here.
Deja Vu offers one of the best High Teas (that's Afternoon Tea for our British friends) around. It's served on a quaint three-tier stand complete with ladylike sandwiches, scones and sweets. If you're after something smaller, Deja Vu also offers Devonshire tea (cream tea) and light lunches.
It's delicious, but the best thing about Deja Vu is the sense that you're getting an unfathomably lovely treat. It's all the embellishments you see, dear. Deja Vu has spared no expense in making their customers feel like precious 19th century English roses. Even the sugar spoons are gorgeous.
Just the thing to make the medicine go down.
Maybe north Queensland, with its stinking hot days and laid-back Aussie lifestyle, isn't exactly where you'd picture this delightful little shop. But did you know Mackay produces one third of Australia's cane sugar, and it's known as the sugar capital of the world? That in itself is proof this town is sweeter than you might think.