This mountain top cafe really is a fun place to stop in for brunch, lunch, or afternoon tea. A sign on the outdoor deck invites visitors to "feel the spirit of the rainforest" and it was actually hard not to, when we were surrounded by palm trees and the unique sound of calling Cat-birds.
Inside the cafe, much of the wall space is dedicated to the artist, Margaret Olley, including her last painting of Sydney Harbour which was completed the day before she died in 2011. There are also many gifts and trinkets for sale, and a highlight for us was the organic honey tastings. Ken Olley has been producing pure organic honey since 1956 and you can buy a range of his delicous honey and honeycomb in the cafe. The cakes in the cafe are also baked onsite using Olley's Organic Honey.
We ordered the Rainforest High Tea, which was an Asian - Australian fusion for 2 - 3 people ($29). The lower tier of the cake stand had a selection of sandwiches and spring rolls, the middle tier had seasonal fresh fruit, and the top tier had cheese, cakes and chocolates. Olley's signature coffee comes with their organic honey and cinnamon, which is the perfect complement to a Rainforest High Tea.
It was quite a treat to enjoy high tea in the rainforest and we found Olley's Coffee in the Rainforest to be a very welcoming and relaxing place to visit after a walk around Mt Glorious Maiala National Park and Cypress Grove, both of which are a five minute drive down the road.
You had a much better experience than we did here! We called in a few months ago and were very disappointed. There wasn't one table that had been cleared, which was incredible seeing as they have so many! We (and one other couple) had to clear a table ourselves, it took sometime before someone came to the counter to serve us and when the food did arrive it was, at best, mediocre for the prices charged (and we're not really hard to please)! It is, however, a beautiful rainforest setting to stop and recharge and it's lovely to see Margaret Olley's artworks displayed inside. Loved the sculptues on the deck too! Maybe we just called in on a bad day because this spot has lots of potential!
I visited early afternoon Sun 27/5/17
The place was nearly empty and with the limited parking spaces they seem to have I cannot imagine this place being full very often. It's a nice place with large deck in a rainforest environment. We tried the honey coffee and found it....not bad. My wife had scones and it was bit odd they served it with custard instead of whipped cream. The scones were good though. I had the cheeseburger with homemade chutney and it tasted great. The meals are somewhat small but the price tag was set accordingly and perhaps it's a good thing not to stuff yourself full at every meal. So overall we think it was worth the visit and I wouldn't mind coming back again.