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Whileaway Bookshop & Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
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Shops&3, 2 43 Macrossan St | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
+61 7 4099 4066
07:00 - 18:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

A beautiful selection of books, passionate staff and great selection of cafe items to compliment your while-away time in this book lovers bookshop, complete with chairs and stools amongst the shelves to sit and browse comfortably.

Thank Adrienne H
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I cant believe it took till the end of our trip to visit this place! I love books and coffee, but we always seemed to go out for a hearty breakfast or lunch. We finally made it in there for a delicious afternoon tea of double chocolate brownie and banana bread. I never wanted to leave and felt right at... More 

Thank EDimmick
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Best coffee in port. Friendly staff. Books for the kids to look at while you drink your coffee. Love coming here.

Thank c-ellen-blake
Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

In this wonderfully sleepy and relaxing town, Whileaway was a saviour for the early-risers and coffee junkies!!! A quaint bookstore offering amazing coffees and divine cakes; you can relax for hours at this great cafe! Awesome service; fabulous books and gifts too!!! All this situated right in the heart of precious P.D. Love it!!!

Thank Roz M
Newcastle, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Lovely wee stop for a drink, cake and to buy a book for your holiday reading. The cakes looked delicious although I didn't try one and the coffee and mint iced tea were yummy. I will definitely be coming back to purchase some gifts or a book and have another refreshing tea. Highly recommend.

Thank TravellerNZ101
Falmouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We came here for a quick snack and drink on the way back from Daintree and found this a brilliant place to chill. There was a wonderful selection of books but at almost twice the price of the same in England. We had cold drinks and vegetarian frittatas which were very good. The staff were very friendly and helpful. We... More 

Thank gerry k
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Everytime I have been here I get friendly service and excellent coffee. My kids love the books and I also love the intimate warm welcoming atmosphere. I will always come here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We stumbled on this quaint coffee shop within a book store. They have a great selection of new books for all interests. The atmosphere was pleasant and the service was prompt and friendly. Nice little stop with good beverages and cakes.

Thank Dee S
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If you want hot premium coffee this is the place. Fantastic bookstore with loads of personality, and friendly staff. Limited cafe menu but if you're happy with a coffee and muffin, you won't be disappointed.

Thank Caroline H
Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

A great book shop & cafe, with some delicious homemade meals and treats. Plus the bonus of it being a great little bookshop with all the new releases and many other very interesting books can be found digging further into the shop, with a quiet reading area at the back. A great place to spend some time when it's bucketing... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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Cafe, Australian, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
07:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Shops&3, 2 43 Macrossan St | Port Douglas, Qld, Port Douglas, Queensland 4877, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Port Douglas
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4099 4066
Whileaway is the Port Douglas destination for lovers of great books and delicious coffee.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?