Welcome to the View Cafe

Ultra modern View Café, perched up on one side of the dam wall next to the info center, is a gorgeous destination unto itself, or makes a great starting or finishing point before exploring the surrounds. Settle into a seat on the terrace or in the conceptual dining room which juts out towards the water, and enjoy a coffee and piece of homemade cake or, on weekends, an all day breakfast. The menu offers a wide selection of dishes to suit all tastes with the usual favourites like bruscheta, eggs benedict, homemade pies and a selection of fish dishes all prepared on the premises using fresh ingredients by our chef and his team. From the café there’s the option of checking out the grounds below via a series of short circuitous pathways which wind their way to the dam’s edge via landscaped gardens, where a couple of giant concrete and timber structures create the sense of viewing the dam through a framed picture. Otherwise take the scenic stroll along the top of the dam wall which doubles as part of the mountain bike trail.

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A view 23 million years in the making

23 million years ago the area in front of the View Cafe was part of a massive shield volcano - known as Wollumbin or the Mt Warning or Tweed Volcano - stretching from Byron Bay to Tamborine. After 3 million years the volcano became extinct and rivers flowing from Mt Warning towards the coast began to carve their gorges, valleys and subtropical vegetation. High rainfall and natural rainforest filtration from the springs of Springbrook Plateau behind the Pindari Hills in front of the View Cafe have a have produced water of incredible quality.

There is prominent ridge of rock that is a constant reminder of the region’s volcanic past. The rock is rhyolite and represents an ancient lava flow. It’s aboriginal name is Kundohikulli, meaning ‘rock like a boat’.

In the distant view from the View Cafe lies the Lamington Plateau and Pages Pinnacle. home to the Antarctic beech genus of trees is found in Eastern Australia, South America and fossilized in Antarctica, indicating its origin in the ancient Gondwanaland supercontinent.

Waterside Park is built on part of the quarry at Pelican Point which supplied the greywacke rock for the Hinze Dam wall. You can see the quarry to the right of the view from View Cafe.