Whether you go to The Barn for lunch or a snack, and then visit Scotty's Garage Museum, or go to the Museum and then have something to eat at The Barn, visiting this unique attraction in the Lockyer Valley is worth a side trip. Have great country-style food with country-style service, or take a trip down automotive memory lane in the museum that is Scotty's Garage.
Scott and Sarah have created a unique stop on the Lockyer Valley visitors' trail. The Barn has been constructed using some original timbers and structure (hence the 1887 claim), while Scotty has built up a collection of cars, buses, signs, garage fittings and knick-knacks over the years, carefully restoring many of the vehicles and creating an amazing little museum.
The cafe and museum blend together on the beautifully kept grounds, both featuring different aspects of country and Australian history and culture. Either stop would be worth visiting on their own, but together they are a must-do place. It has also become a venue for events, especially weddings.
When the cafe looks like this, you know you are going to get original country cuisine
The museum is housed in what looks like a classic garage from decades past. Outside are some vehicles in various states of restoration, but inside there are even more beautifully restored cars and motorcycles. Tickets are $10 and kids under 15 are allowed in for free when accompanied by an adult. The idea is that the museum is opened every hour to visitors to look around, but Scotty is happy to open up whenever a visitor turns up.
Now, this is a bit a museum spoiler, so skip to the next paragraph if you want to leave this as a surprise (also don't look at the photo below). After Scotty has let you look around the first part of the museum, he then opens the doors to the back section, which is usually greeted with joyful surprise by visitors when they see the reconstructed 50's diner. While they don't serve milkshakes here, you can book it for parties.
This is part of the museum not the cafe. But you can book it for events.
Of course, you will want to enjoy some great country food, whether it is a cup of tea and a slice of cake or their selection of pies and sourdough cobs. You can take a seat in the barn in the outdoor seating under the tree and just relax.
I love the unique and genuine feeling of both country hospitality and cooking. Tea served from an old tin teapot into a metal cup sounds like it should be the next trend in a hipster cafe, but here it is just the way it was always been served on the farm. There is nothing pretentious here, just delicious.
Date & pineapple scones and tea served in a metal mug, hard to get more country than that
In fact, adults too should take the time to look around the area. Everything has been done with care and a love of antiques. Looking around, you will see a car too badly damaged to be restored has been turned into a tree planter, a shed has been painted with a classic advertisement for a long-discontinued product, and you will find other little touches throughout the grounds.
Wander around the area where you will find lots of hidden features using old cars, painted barns and even old farm equipment
The combination of The Barn and Scotty's Garage makes a unique tourist stop or party venue in the Lockyer Valley. Even if you don't go to the museum the cafe is a unique and delicious experience by itself.