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Miss Heidi's Austrian Tea House

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by Diana Tan (subscribe)
Arbonne Independent Consultant..loving the outdoor life!
Published August 12th 2013
A taste of Austria in the snowies
As I love driving, I made a spur of the moment decision to drive up to Cooma, with no specific plans or itinerary at all. Though I did a quick research on some of the attractions, I find it more exciting to explore a new place on the go, like a nomad. Before reaching downtown Cooma, I made a quick stop to check out the Snowy Hydro Discovery Centre. This is a must-visit attraction for any travellers to fully understand its history and its major role it plays in the continuing development of Australia today.

My next stop was the visitor centre along the main street to get more information about the area. The staff gave me heaps of suggestions - from walk to lookout, but one stood out and caught my interest - a tea house on the way up to Mt. Gladstone lookout.

My initial thought was this could be just another local cafe but when I saw the sign that it was featured on Getaway, I couldn't contain my excitement. In my mind, this place must be really good to be recognised on the show.

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Sign of proof


From the outside, I was impressed with its old cabin style setting. With logs and wheel from a horse-drawn carriage, I felt like I was transported to the 18th century.

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Log cabin style tea house


Once inside, I was greeted with a very cozy setting - paintings of the alps hanging on the wall, wooden chairs and tables. I've never been to Austria but I was learning a bit about the country based from the fixtures that surrounded me, like this.

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One of the many fixtures inside the cafe


I haven't had Austrian food before, so was not sure what to order from the menu. I decided to get the food I recognised from a German restaurant - sausage with potatoes and sauerkraut.

austrian sausage saurkraut
My first austrian meal


When the food was served, I was overwhelmed with the portion size. It was huge for my normal eating. Then I took a first bite of the sausage - it was heaven. It was packed with flavours and very juicy. The potatoes were cooked to my liking - a bit crispy on the outside, and the sauerkraut, they were so good but there were just so much on my plate that I couldn't finish them.

After a huge meal, I was extremely full that I could no longer try out their dessert but I heard their pancakes and apple strudel are a big hit. So make sure to leave room for dessert when you come here.

Before I went back to Canberra, I went up a few steps from the cafe to the lookout where you can see a panoramic view of the snowies. A great meal and great view - perfect combination.

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Overlooking Snowy Mountains at Mt. Gladstone lookout


The cafe is open from 10am till 5pm only but they can do dinner by appointment or if you want the whole place to yourself for an exclusive function. So give them a call if you're staying in the area and would want to experience their food.

I love road trips. It's all about the unexpected surprises that I will find along the way that excites me. Sometimes, those surprises will linger in your mind for a very long time and Miss Heidi's Tea House is definitely one of those. Glad I made that impulsive decision that day.
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