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Published April 30th 2016
Enjoy a coffee with Canberra's best panoramic view
The Deck at Regatta Point is a scenic café and function venue located at one of the most enviable locations in all of Canberra. Sitting high on the hill at Regatta Point, it overlooks Lake Burley Griffin and has a stunning 180 degree view of the lake and the Parliamentary Triangle opposite. Regatta Point itself is situated in Commonwealth Park, a popular recreation ground for Canberra locals with cycling tracks, playgrounds and large events held in the parklands. This central area is an ideal location for such a café, where diners can drop in for a coffee or meal and enjoy the scenery from this panoramic vantage point.
The Deck at Regatta Point, with views over to Kings Park and the National Carillon
The view shows off Canberra's iconic landmarks and buildings in each direction. Further down the lake to the left is Kings Park and the musical National Carillon, which you can hear from the outside tables at The Deck. Straight across the lake is the National Library, Questacon and Parliament House sitting high on Capital Hill. To the right is Commonwealth Avenue Bridge and views up to the mountains and running straight through the middle are the glistening waters of Lake Burley Griffin.
Relax and take in the views over to the National Library
From this location, the large deck itself is a relaxing place to stop for breakfast, lunch or a coffee. There are umbrellas for shade, bench seating for four, intimate tables for two, bar tables along the handrail and an outside couch for a more leisurely drink with the view. Whether you are meeting a friend for a casual lunch or catching up with the entire family, this large deck has enough seating for all.
As you walk inside, it is easy to see what this venue is such a popular destination for wedding ceremonies and receptions. Inside is all class - perfect for functions, events and formal dinners looking out onto the sweeping view of Canberra's famous landmarks. The Deck café is open for breakfast and lunch only, so the evenings are free for weddings and events.
The menu for the café is extensive, with a delicious range of breakfast and lunch items to choose from. With such an impressive view, The Deck is an ideal location for a romantic meal or special occasion by the water. If you are a local showing visitors around the city, it is a scenic place to stop off for a long lunch and introduce them to the often surprising beauty of the Nations Capital. See the current menu here for more details.
The Deck is also popular with cyclists and families who come up from the Commonwealth Park and pop in for a cold drink or ice cream from the freezer. This is one of the enjoyable features of this café - it can be an upmarket venue to attend a black tie function, but it can also be somewhere that you lean your bike up against and go in to buy a paddle pop.
Buy an ice-cream or takeaway coffee from The Deck window
If you dining in to enjoy a casual coffee and cake, there is a good range of tasty cakes to choose from ranging between $4 - $5.50. Although the cakes look delicious in themselves, The Deck also plate them up with mouth watering extras, creating an artwork on the plate.
On our family's visit, the friendly staff explained to us the changes that are happening to the Regatta Point precinct. In its current layout, The Deck sits next to the National Capital Exhibition - a free exhibition which explains Canberra's fascinating history. Both of these are still to remain, however the Exhibition will become slightly smaller to welcome the new Canberra Visitors Centre up at Regatta Point. This will be an ideal location to show visitors to the city all the major and iconic landmarks there are to visit, just by pointing out the window.
Entrance to The Deck and the National Capital Exhibition, with new Canberra Visitors Centre to come
The Deck at Regatta Point is the whole package. It has the views that will astound, an outside seating area to relax in, friendly staff and a variety of food options to choose from. Whether you sit down for a full meal or just pop to the window for an ice cream or takeaway coffee, you can still stop and linger to enjoy the view. After a visit to The Deck, why not take a walk along the shores of Lake Burley Griffin below - if only to make room for another delicious cake!
Scenic walkway below The Deck, with views over to the National Library