The Boathouse at Balmoral Beach is located within the Balmoral Boatshed on the South side of the Bay. This waterfront cafe is framed by spectacular views of the beach, water and surrounding mainland. The rustic beach themed furnishings make for a relaxing atmosphere; white wooden picnic benches, deckchairs, blackboard menus, subtle stripey naval themes, potten plants in abundance and fresh produce. It's laughter, energy and fun, but at a relaxing pace.


The Boathouse offers great modern Australian cuisine that has all the best comfort food options; breakfast baps, burgers, fish and chips, but also provides plenty of light, fresh healthy options too; bircher, muesli, salad bowls. Plenty of seafood options of course and super fresh. For drinks; teas and own-blend coffee, smoothies, fresh coconut and other fresh juices available. The Boathouse being such an idyllic location of course provides a great selection of alcohic beverages to relax and watch the afternoon pass by; nice wine and beer selections and some wonderful cocktail options.

Price Range (as a guide)

Breakfast for 2 $50
Lunch for 2 $75
Lunch for 2, with alcohol $110

Suited For

The Boathouse is very well suited for couples, families, friends and solo travellers. The venue is open from 7am to 4pm daily and accommodates everyone very well. There is ample space, although tables do fill up and you can see why - they don't take reservations so plan accordingly. Whether you're just popping in for a quick coffee catch up, or to pass a bit of time with a late lunch, or prefer to spend the whole afternoon here - it provides.

There's More!

The Boathouse has a takeaway kiosk at the front which was when The Boatshed started out! So easy to quickly grab something and explore Balmoral more - view our guide on it here. The Boathouse also has a shop! That's right - they offer some lovely homewares, furnishings, even wedding gifts, check it out here.

Getting There

Getting to Balmoral is pretty easy. If you're coming by bus, there's are a few options.

  • Catch the 248 bus from the city and it will drop you right at the beach.
  • Get a ferry from Circular Quay to Taronga Zoo and then catch the 238 bus.
  • Get a ferry from the City to Mosman South Wharf, then catch a 233 bus.



If you're coming by car, there is paid parking right on the Esplanade at the southern end of the beach. It's around $6 for the first 2 hours and $6 per hour after. Street parking is also available at $8 per hour. One last option is find free street parking outside of the area and then catch the Mosman Rider, a free bus, which will take you right into Balmoral.

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