All the usual suspects are here: chocolate, coffee, vanilla and a bracing lemon sorbet. But so too are flavours which venture down the path less travelled: pistachio, lychee, rosewater meringue and coconut ice. Welcome to the Oceanic Gelati and Coffee Bar, perched atop the headland at Point Lookout on North Stradbroke Island - or Straddie, as this little patch of paradise is known affectionately by the locals.
Join the locals for some frozen treats. Author image.
I firmly believe this delightful little shop, which blends its iced confections on the premises, offers the best gelato in the world, out-blissing even the best that Florence, Rome or Venice has to offer. And when you consider that gelato was invented and perfected on the streets of Ancient Rome, that's really saying something.
So what makes the Oceanic Gelati and Coffee Bar so special? Clearly its standout location helps. The view of surging waves, the smell of salt-laced air, the dusting of white sand underfoot and the area's relaxed holiday vibe all set the scene. Step across the road and you'll reach the entrance of the North Gorge Walk which passes through natural bushland as it offers majestic views of the ocean and the life that teems within it (on the day I visited, I saw manta rays; during whale season this is one of the best spots from which to view migrating humpbacks).
But the gelato here is made with such a sense of fun, imagination and adventure, that I'm sure it would still taste divine even if consumed within a suburban shopping mall.
Flavours for all palates. Image courtesy Stradbroke Island Holidays.
So what's on the menu? Single and double scoops of gelati, with sufficient variety that you could sample something different every day of your holiday. Belgian waffles, fruit toast, banana bread and a range of coffee and tea are also on offer. And if you can't decide between gelato and coffee, then why not combine both in a wonderful affogato for a very reasonable $7. Smoothies (green, acai, or to order) as well as juices named after the local beaches (including Cylinder and Deadmans) are also available.