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.

Outside the View Café and Hinze Dam Visitor Centre
View Cafe's products


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.

What are guests say..

Ben White
Ben WhiteGold Coast
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The staff are friendly. The food was fresh and full of flavour. It's a great drive to get there. The view is relaxing from the cafe and it is located right at the dam wall where you can watch the water flowing out of the lake, over the spillway.
James Robertson
James RobertsonNSW
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Visiting from NSW. Had a delicious enjoyable breakfast with the best coffee I have ever tasted. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Great views. Perfect visit. Will be back
Tzar Nikolai
Tzar NikolaiGold Coast
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Such an amazing experience, beautiful view and the loveliest staff. Definitely a good way to spend valentines day morning.
Iris Turton
Iris TurtonGold Coast
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This cafe is at the Hinze Dam, this is a lovely spot for views and walks, the cafe staff are very friendly, the menu has good variety, very tasty, they have a children' menu and they do breakfast. Great coffee, good sized carpark, flat walking easy access for walkers and wheelchairs. The whole area was very clean and tidy.
Yachien Tsai
Yachien TsaiGold Coast
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Superb view, service is good. Food’s value and price is reasonable. Coffee is great.
MarkGold Coast
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I had the fish, chips and salad which was really fresh. Lovely service from the lovely staff, recommend!!!
charlotte poto
charlotte potoQLD
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Stunning view .. service was lovely and friendly . And the food is amazing . Thank you very much for the top service view cafe.
Nelson Tran
Nelson TranQLD
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They have the best orange and almond cake I’ve ever ate and their brownies were sublime. Really friendly staff and not to mention a great view too. Highly recommend
Gihani Mandalawattha
Gihani MandalawatthaQLD
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Delicious food and very friendly service. Best chicken pie ever.
Deb Harris
Deb HarrisGold Coast
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Relaxing great place to go..friendly staff. Great service and outstanding meals..totally recommend..wont be disappointed