Since retiring from teaching I have written 4 books to encourage children to love and accept themselves and develop emotional resilience. They are available as e-books from www.TheNewChildrenSeries.com
Published August 11th 2016
A Little Taste of Paradise
Rainforest Café Restaurant is situated on a 16 acre property at the foot of Mt Warning, a short distance from Wollumbin National Park. The owners Cheryl and Daryl have lovingly operated their Café Restaurant and shared their beautiful venue for 16 years. Visitors can soak up the tranquil energy and breath in the beauty of nature as they sit at the outdoor tables under the trees, on the banks of beautiful Wollumbin Creek.
Tables on the bank of Wollumbin Creek
Rainforest Café Restaurant is a wonderful destination for lunch or a special breakfast treat on the weekend, especially if you feel the need to relax and reenergize or you want a quiet setting to catch up with friends. There is plenty of room for larger groups such as wedding parties; I enjoyed celebrating a friend's birthday there recently with a group of about fourteen. However when the weather is inclement there's ample space indoors to relax and still enjoy the views. The food is delicious, healthy, organic and locally produced, though more about the food later.
Attractive indoor seating when it's raining or cold outside
The venue is child friendly with spacious grounds that look more like a park than a venue and plenty of room for the kids to play. In the warmer weather, children can safely play in the shallow creek that runs gently beside the outdoor tables, while their parents enjoy a quiet coffee and chat.
Gluten Free Lime Tart with Coconut Cream served with coconut yoghurt.
Rainforest Café Restaurant is a worthy destination in its own right, however you may want to combine it with a visit to Wollumbin National Park, a short drive further along Mt Warning Road. There you can take a leisurely fifteen to twenty minute walk along Lyrebird Track, cross Breakfast Creek and walk up the steps to a viewing platform set amongst the subtropical rainforest.
Subtropical rainforest in Wollumbin National Park
For the more energetic, you could plan to take the 5 hour return, 8.8 km hike along Summit Trail. I've heard the 360 degree view is breathtaking. Wollumbin is an important and sacred place to the Bundjalung Nation and many other Aboriginal tribes. One of the indigenous meanings of Wollumbin is 'the Cloud Catcher' and locals will agree the name is apt. If you are wanting to stay in the area Mt Warning Rainforest Park offers cabins and camping sites with facilities.
Now back to the all important menu and the food available at Rainforest Café Restaurant. All food is grown on the property or sourced locally at the Uki Craft and Produce Market. All cakes and desserts look delicious and are made onsite, for example, Passion-Fruit Cashew Cream (Vegan), Banoffee and Pineapple Fruitcake.
All desserts and cakes are made at the Cafe.
There is a range of Gluten Free, Vegan and Vegetarian meals as well as options with fish and meat. Burgers are always popular and provide a substantial meal for hungry guests and you can choose Tofu, Chicken or Beef for $16. I have tried the Panfried Corn and Halloumi Fritters with salad for lunch and really enjoyed it. ($17.50) They also have a breakfast version for $16.50. Then there's Ploughman's Lunch, Organic Quinoa Salad and Smoked Salmon Open Sandwich to mention only a few lunch options, as well as a selection of lighter meals.
Rainforest Café Restaurant is located at 134 Mt Warning Rd, approximately 10 kms from Murwillumbah . The sign is not really imposing so you need to be careful not to miss it.
Be careful not to miss the sign to Rainforest Cafe.
Rainforest Café Restaurant is open Wednesday - Friday 9am-4pm. and Saturday and Sunday 8.30am-5pm. The website is www.rainforestvenue.com
They can be contacted on 02 6679 5955 if you wish to book for a large group otherwise just pop in and enjoy the tranquil rainforest experience.