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Published June 1st 2021
A cafe with homemade food, a quaint shop and olive trees
The Shed Cafe is a family-owned business operated by the Cheevers family just outside Rathdowney Township. The café operates on weekends and serves light meals, cakes and Merlo coffee.
Follow the driveway, The Shed Cafe is on the top of the hill where there are olive trees and often there are kangaroos eating the green grass under the trees. Olive oils, table olives products are made from the olive grove on the premises and are 100% Australian owned and made.
True to its name, the Shed Cafe has been obtained from a rural shed. It is an original place, rural style, with a tranquil atmosphere. The Cheevers family bought the business about seven years ago from a previous owner who planted about 1,200 olive trees. Back then, the cafe was very small with a couple of tables inside the shed.
Lou's background is catering, and starting from scratch, Lou was able to develop the cafe that today is a great destination for lovely food, great staff and amazing views. The business grew bigger and bigger and the Shed Cafe employs 16 staff and it is well appreciated by hikers, day trippers and travellers. The Shed Cafe has many regular customers who come back to find lovely food and friendly staff each time.
Make your order and then choose your table. Photo by Author.
Depending on the availability, Lou buys the cakes from specialised small local business and bakery and sometimes in Brisbane. Choose from a rich menu your breakfast, brunch or lunch, all home cooked food. There are sandwiches, hamburgers, steaks, chips, beef patties, slow-cooked beef and mushroom pies; all type of eggs included Benedict, scrambled, poached, fried; there are vegetarian quiche, toast, baked beans and bacon, chicken and vegetable lasagne.
Vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan options are available.
Drinks are available too, including hot and cold coffee, tea, iced coffee, chocolate, cappuccino, milkshakes, soft drinks, wine and beers.
Savory food: chicken filo, bacon quiche, vegetable scroll, spinach and ricotta tart; sweet pastries: mixed berry crumbles, raw slice -gluten-free, dairy free- gluten-free friands, raspberry, blueberry and almond flavours; apple pie, carrot cake. gluten-free and coconut slice, vanilla slice. Photo by Author.
Book your next function and events here. Come with your family, friends and your group. There is lots of room available. The cafe has two great outdoor areas where many people can sit around the tables. Dogs are welcome outside in the designated area.
The Shed Cafe is a favourite place of the Group Hiking South East Qld and More. After hiking Mount Maroon and Mt Ernest, the group meet here for coffee and refreshments. It is a delightful place to relax and exchange reflections about the hike. The carrot cake, vegetarian burgers and hot drinks are very popular.
Mount Barney National Park has stunning peaks including Mount Ernest, Mount Lindesay, Mount Maroon and Mount Barney. Mount Barney is an all day hike and you have to start very early to get to The Shed before closing time.
The covered outdoor area at the side of the Cafe. Photo by Author.
Inside The Shed Cafe, there is a shop with unique items contributing to the distinctive atmosphere of the place. Surely it is possible to find some presents for your family or friends or a nice souvenir. The shop sells household items, clothing, stationery, gifts, soap and skin products mostly made in Australia.
Inside the Cafe is a quaint shop with many unique items. Photo by Author.
The Shed Cafe is a great place for your celebrations, including weddings, various themed parties and corporate events. Buses can park in the large yard and all groups are welcome. The Shed Cafe can provide free olive oil tastings and homemade cakes, such as cheesecake, triple chocolate, carrot cake and macadamia brownies.
Disabled Facilities are available.
Open on weekends 9am to 4pm.
Just outside the cafe, there is a little shop with more gift items, skin products, ornaments and pottery.
The little shop resembles a well-decorated cabin, filling the visitors with joy. Photo by Author.