Cabbage Tree Creek is a tiny place on the Prince’s highway between Bemm River and the town of Orbost. When you drive along the Prince’s Highway you could blink and miss Cabbage Tree Creek as there aren’t any houses directly visible from the highway. At first sight it seems unlikely that a cafe would exist in this seemingly deserted place, but it does and it provides the heart of the local community and a welcome stopping point for those travelling along the Prince’s Highway.
I had heard of it after speaking with my aunt who like many Cabbage Tree Creek residents seems to have part-time residency in the cafe. Having visited the Bushware Cafe I can understand why it is so popular with the locals and travellers alike. There is always a warm welcome from the owners, Pete, Jo and Milo the cat (he’s really in charge). The atmosphere is really fantastic and the food isn’t bad either! In actuality, the food is really great, the coffee superb and the conversation will usually make you smile.
You know the old adage, go where the locals go, well they do and frequently. This is really whatever you want it to be. For the traveller who needs a quick bite to eat on the road they have plenty to offer and for those wanting a longer break from travelling there is a good and varied menu, all cooked to order. There is a nice garden and a terrace to sit on in the summer and a gorgeous bijou lounge with sumptuous couches for the winter or for whenever takes your fancy.
Pete and Jo ensure the very best of welcomes. I may be biased but they really are great folks.
They are famous for their fantastic home-made sausage rolls and they are plenty of naughty but nice things for those with a sweet tooth.
The blackboards list the meals from light bites to more substantial meals. There is even Bratwurst on the menu and the salads are really good, prepare to be converted salad dodgers.
What a delightfuly cosy lounge, you might even get a visit here from Milo the cat.
Here is Milo with local cat whisperer, Bill Killick. This is a real bromance.
Jo and Pete stock a range of local made food items and crafts from local artisans.
You can checkout their website here: