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Point of View Cafe

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published November 21st 2019
A Cafe with benefits

Point of view café is situated in the Box Hill Institute campus in Lilydale. It was formerly the Swinburne Institute of Technology.

café logo
This is where we are heading.

You turn into Jarlo Drive at the intersection of Hutchinson Street and Melba Avenue and you are almost in a different world as you pass through a large expanse of grass before reaching the complex of buildings.

Café building
The wide grassy expanse in front of the café.

Glancing to the left you will notice an unusual stone sculpture. That is our destination but from the other side. Following the signs to the library, you arrive at a large car park and proceed to the café.

café & sign
We are on the right path.

cafe sign
We are getting closer.

It is a large area, but sparsely populated with only 14 tables. It can comfortably seat about 60 people, but even when full doesn't feel crowded. There are also 15 stools along a window bench.

café interior
The spacious interior.

café interior
Part of the café with part of play area on right.

The end wall is floor to ceiling glass and looks out at the stone sculpture and beyond. That is a definite benefit. I have often just sat there with my coffee and gazed at the view before me.

coffee & vanilla slice.
The reason I was there.

View from café
The view from any part of the café.

A play area is in one corner to keep little ones amused while their mums partake in the important task of socialising with coffee. A benefit most cafes don't provide.

The café serves breakfast and lunch from 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Both hot and cold dishes are available as is a good range of grab and go items.

serving counter
Order here.

More Benefits?

Lilydale Regional Library is next to café where you can borrow books or sit and read magazines from their extensive range on many subjects.

The next door library.

The large grounds and the numerous trees are of a great benefit to the local birdlife. During my many visits, to the café and library, noisy miners are the most numerous avian species. Kids will love their noisy antics while flitting through the trees.

Noisy miner
Noisy miner ground feeding.

Noisy miner
Their feeding antics are fun to watch.

Cockatoos, corellas and galahs are other birds often seen in the area.

One of the many corellas sighted.

Two cockatoos
Two cockatoos resting.

The complex is next to Lilydale Lake and a short walk will take you there for a 2.5 km circuit walk to walk off your indulgence from the café, or build up an appetite before you indulge.

Aerial of Lillydale Lake
This aerial view shows the close proximity to the lake.

If you are after a quick lunch or a quiet coffee at any time, this is an ideal spot in Lilydale to meet friends. The café and its location has many benefits, from any point of view.

Opening hours 8.30 am to 3.30 pm. Monday to Friday.
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Why? Because it's peaceful and quiet.
Phone: 8892-2535
Where: Jarlo Drive, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. D.7.
Cost: Normal cafe prices.
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Looks like a lovely place to spring off from a walk around the lake.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 335 days ago
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