About View Café
A gorgeous Gold Coast hinterland destination cafe near Nerang
Splendid Hinterland Landscape - A Hidden Gem of the Valley
Welcome to View Café
View Café is a modern and sophisticated venue, perched gracefully aside the Hinze Dam wall next to the Visitor Centre.
Our cafe is a perfect spot to take in the gorgeous surrounding views of the Hinterland, and makes a great start or finish point when exploring the surrounding tourist spots.
Come and enjoy a relaxing coffee/tea and piece of homemade cake. For those who have worked up an appetite choose a freshly cooked meal, with a chilled glass of wine or beer.
A VIEW TWENTY-THREE (23) MILLION YEARS IN THE MAKING
Twenty-three (23) million years ago the area in front of the View Café was part of a massive volcano known as Wollumbin, or the Mount Warning/Tweed Volcano.
In its prime, the crater rim stood two (2) kilometres tall with lava flows sprawled across more than 7000 square kilometres.
The caldera of this shield volcano has eroded in time and currently has a diameter of over 40kms, making it the biggest erosion caldera in the southern hemisphere and one of the largest calderas on earth. This enormous geological marvel stretched from Byron Bay to Tamborine Mountain.
There is prominent ridge of rock, viewable from our cafe, that is a constant reminder of the region’s volcanic past. The rock is rhyolite and is part of an ancient lava flow. It’s aboriginal name is “Kundohikulli” which means “rock like a boat”.
After about three (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 through the landscape.
High rainfall and natural rainforest filtration from the springs of Springbrook Plateau behind the Pindari Hills in front of the cafe have a have produced water of incredible quality in this area for millenia.
In the more distant view from the cafe lies the Lamington Plateau and Pages Pinnacle. This area is home to the Antarctic Beech genus of trees found in Eastern Australia, South America and fossilized in Antarctica, direct evidence of the ancient origin of this area as part of the prehistoric 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 view the quarry to the right of our cafe.
Seeking a dining option and a great day out in Nerang, Gold Coast, hinterland and surrounds?
Then View Café needs to be on your must visit list! From the cafe you can explore breathtaking landscapes below on intertwined walk/bike ways winding to the dam’s edge along manicured gardens.
Or take a scenic stroll along the peak of the dam wall, also part of the bikeway. Concrete and timber structures throughout create beautiful imagery akin to viewing the dam in a framed picture. Perfect for photos. Our cafe near Nerang and is a scenic 10 minutes drive away from Nerang central.