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The Old Station Tea House

231 Cape Hillsborough Rd, Ball Bay, Queensland 4741, Australia
+61 7 4959 0528
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good30%
  • Average3%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible3%
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“scones” (30 reviews)
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Pizza, Cafe, Australian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
231 Cape Hillsborough Rd, Ball Bay, Queensland 4741, Australia
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Reviewed 3 October 2018

There are two reasons I visit the Mackay area - to see my daughter and the caramel pecan brownies from The Old Station Tea House!!! This place is magnificent. The service is great, the atmosphere is relaxing, Daisy the dog is gorgeous and the food...More

Thank tonyah2017
Reviewed 28 September 2018

Fantastic little place and considering there are not a lot of food choices around they could charge a fortune, but it is all very reasonably priced and coffee good. Gardens are beautiful....lots they can still do - so much potential. Pop in and have a...More

Thank getawayfromitall76
Reviewed 25 September 2018 via mobile

A scenic drive from Mackay, perfect for lunch or afternoon tea, and child and pet friendly. There’s lots to look at and the gardens are lovely, as are the staff.

Thank kittenvintage
Reviewed 28 August 2018 via mobile

We love visiting the Tea House. The homemade food is always delicious, and fur-babies are welcome too! Make a day of it and check out the local beaches around too.

Thank Wendy B
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Beautiful bush setting, the old railway station and antiques are a gorgeous touch, and the food is always good. Have gone back several times and it is always good.

Thank ali100686
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

Absolutely love this quaint place! Set in an idyllic location, lush green gardens and a large new veranda. A step back in time with courteous staff and beautiful homemade food, a delight every time!More

Thank Debbie N
shellyshea13, Owner at The Old Station Tea House, responded to this reviewResponded 20 August 2018

Thank you Debbie, we appreciate you taking the time to write your review. It gives us great pleasure when we receive such positive comments. We pride ourselves on our beautiful little team and the delicious food that focuses on the use of local produce. We...More

Reviewed 13 August 2018

The scones jam and cream are worth the visit alone! Raspberry jam that has to be homemade is generously splashed under the cream on the scones that have probably won a prize at the Ekka! The coffee that I chose was perfectly served. The interesting...More

Thank Theresa D
Reviewed 20 July 2018

Stopped in at the Old Station Tea House on the way back from an amazing morning on Casuarina Beach, Cape Hillsborough with the kangaroos at dawn, followed by the loop walk around the headland. The Devonshire tea - fluffy scones, raspberry jam and cream were...More

Thank mmc232014
Reviewed 8 July 2018 via mobile

We deliberately called in here on our way to Mackay Airport traveling from Airlie Beach. The place is beautiful and a real old time feel. Lovely surrounds. We were just disappointed that there were no scones available since that was one of the reasons we...More

Thank MADSemaphore
Reviewed 10 June 2018 via mobile

We stopped in to this gorgeous little tea house for a quick coffee which was delicious, served with warm fresh scones, jam and cream. Sat on the deck and took in the lush surrounds. If you’ve never been, slow down along CapeHillsborough Rd, cos driveway...More

Thank simme83
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 18
Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
View, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
9:00 am - 3:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 231 Cape Hillsborough Rd, Ball Bay, Queensland 4741, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Ball Bay
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4959 0528
  • E-mail
A vintage railway station surrounded by tropical gardens. Menu selection includes homemade cakes, light lunch options, tea/coffee and our world famous scones. Wood fired pizza is available on weekends. We are also dog friendly and wi-fi is available. We also take reservations but drop in custom is welcome.
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