Testimonials

A place for something special.
If you are looking for something special then this is the place. Great outlook over the beach no matter what the weather, Good food and great service. Have been there for just coffee, coffee and cake, light lunch and family birthdays. Always had good meals and service.And my sister in law says “This is the best place in the world!” What more could you want?
— Richard P @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Scrambled eggs with smoked sammon is one of the delicious dishes, plus a number of others. The cakes are made on the premises, try the german apple cake, yum!!
The best thing is you can sip your tea/coffee and watch the waves roll in. It’s magic! Do take a jacket though if the wind is up as it can get chilly sitting eating your meal. The staff are always cheerful and happy to help you.
— Sally113 @ TripAdvisor.com.au
We have been their for breakfast, coffee and dinner. Always friendly and great food with stunning outlook.
— Anna L. @ TripAdvisor.com.au
As usual the lovely people here look after everyone with a smile and the freshest of food. The widely known bowl of Whitebait is to die for.
Special hi to owner Olaf and staff Joel and Isis among the others.
Such a special place to enjoy our local food, wine and the awesome beach and if the whales are playing off-shore you could not ask for more.
— David Somerfield @ TripAdvisor.com.au
I’ve used this cafe for breakfast, coffee and lunch a few times. The service is always friendly and welcoming and food fresh, well cooked and presented and locally sourced. The cafe is a effectively an hut ice-cream kiosk with an attached gazebo so considering the size of the kitchen it’s amazing how they get everything out so quickly. Seafood is great as are the salads. I’m told that it is open for dinner sometimes in summer, hope I can get in on the act.
— Telelynx @ TripAdvisor.com.au
We live in Goolwa and go to Bombora often. We have never been disappointed! In whale season they can be seen performing very close and what a way to spend time drinking a great coffee. The food is top qulaity, local and very fresh. Just wonderful.
— Ringdais @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Cafe Bombora is a cute little kiosk right on the beach at Goolwa. The owner cooks up a storm in his tiny kitchen- Pot pie, freshest fish, delish salads, breakfasts with a twist all with great views, And its licensed too if you fancy a vino with your lunch. Summer surfers, winter whales (bring your binoculars) go for a walk along the beach! Its only open on Weekends and School Holidays. If you have pets you can sit at the outside tables in the sun or under the umbrellas. We take all our friends there, everyone has just loved it!
— Maire2Mil @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Great spot in a very different little cafe run by the best seafood chef on the south coast. Sometimes closes during winter so check first. Lunches mainly in colder months but dinner on a summer’s night is a great experience. You’ll love it.
— Chiefgreyhair @ TripAdvisor.com.au
My family and I go there for breakfast whenever we are in Goolwa. We always book in advance on weekends and public/school holidays, as they do get busy.
Good quality food, generous serve of bacon and well-cooked, delicious coffee. We have two children (5 and 9), and the food always comes out quickly!
If the kids get too rowdy (it is a tightly packed cafe), they can play just outside the cafe, out of people’s way but still close by.
It is very chilly if there is a breeze (which is almost always!), and they do provide rugs - I still highly recommend a warm jacket.
Then run up the stairs to the lookout behind, to work off some of your breakfast, then a good walk along the beach :-)
— Emparav @ TripAdvisor.com.au
WE went there again for lunch this week,the most perfect place to sit,relax and enjoy a lovely meal served by excellent staff:-)The food is A1 and as it was school holidays,expected to see more children there that day but no so,more older folk enjoying a good day out.Any kids there were very well behaved and so i think it is a good place to enjoy as a family also.Would vote it 10/10 and would also love to see it opened more.In school holiday it is open each day.
— Awelltraveller @ TripAdvisor.com.au
We visited Bombora for lunch on a long weekend, after not being able to get a table for breakfast. The regular and specials menues offered
a good range of food - baguettes, a plain burger ets -but the best choices were the 5 or 6 seafood dishes. In our group of eight we tried the salt and pepper squid and several of the fishes,as well as a smoked chicken baguette and nugget and chips ( yes, they have a kids menu). All were tasty, well cooked and made of good quality ingredients - even the nuggets. Add a great location, decent small wine list and reasonable service and this place has a winning formula.
— TraveltimeCanberra @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Myself and 3 friends arrived without a booking on a busy Sunday dinner time and they found us a table, I think he was nearly going to say no!! Small menu of mostly fish, (smaller menu better food I think) $5 per person corkage for BYO. Sensible portion sizes. A little pricey, but worth it.
I would go again and recommend it too friends.
— Ktee1979 @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Breakfast, lunch, dinner - all guaranteed to be excellent quality and a bit innovative. Interesting & flavoursome combinations with a real attention to detail. If there’s room, the German cakes shouldn’t be missed. The location on the beach is unbeatable. Only open Friday to Monday in summer, so it’s a popular place.
— PatPandBobY @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Booked table several days before, table was ready on our arrival. Fantastic views over Goolwa beach.
Staff were “spot on” food and drinks order taken promptly. The menu is simple the specials really interesting! I had the Coorong Mullet, it was great !
Highly recommended
I will be going back! Simple but good!
— Coroona @ TripAdvisor.com.au
A lovely suprise of a restaurant with great breakfast specials. The view is spectacular. Great coffee, friendly service and an amazing location.
— Fr0gmella @ TripAdvisor.com.au
This place is great,Staff are very friendly and helpful,food is great and very filling,I had a fish burger which was so yummy,hubby had a burger which he said was outstanding,both our coffees were nice also.It is right on the beach front so good on a hot day!!!Would go back again soon ,only trouble is the opening times.I see it is open in the school holidays and over weekend and Fridays,which is rather worth knowing before you just turn up during the week.I would recommend it for sure.
— Awelltraveller @ TripAdvisor.com.au
Cafe Bombora is one of those seaside ‘icecream shops’ which has matured into a cafe. When the weather is favourable the blinds are open and the sea breeze blows straight through the restaurant so for lovers of fresh air its literally a refreshing change.
Ultra casual is the decor and theme. It is the kind of place you can come straight to from a walk on the beach.

Wine and beer is available with lunch. Breakfast is good with Eggs Benedict being a personal favourite. Local produce is used in the dishes. Lunches usually involve a ‘special’ on the chalk board, are quite nice and are served by casual dressed table staff.

My one complaint is that its not open enough. We pulled up this week on a Tuesday hoping to have a nice lunch on a sunny day and it was closed! I cannot understand businesses that operate with such odd hours. You will generally find it operational on a weekend though.
— Tripping-traveller @ TripAdvisor.com.au
I love this place. I am lucky enough to visit Goolwa regularly and walk up the beach to brunch at Cafe Bombora. How they produce such tasty food in such a confined space amazes me.
The eating pavilion is a raised, covered platform and it’s deceptively cool on a hot day however if you are visiting during busy periods, you may need to sit alongside in the paved courtyard, so take sunscreen (there are umbrellas). It’s adjacent to the main Goolwa Beach car park so you can generally park very coveniently and there are also washroom facilities in the immediate vicinity. Don’t overlook this place in Winter as they have weather-proof blinds installed to keep out cold weather. However, I believe it is only open Thurs - Mon normally and extended hours over the school holidays. Admittedly, it is sometimes hard to secure tables for a large group.
There is a decent range to choose from with baguettes at approx $9, a kids menu (kids fish and chips $8), breakfast menu, all day menu and a specials board. My partner generally has the big breakfast ($14) , followed by whitebait and aoili ($12). I’ve had the fresh and zingy zucchini patties ($14) as well as the Superbowl - seafood in a leek and pernod broth ($19)and on another occasion, the surfers seafood salad; the seafood, salad and dressing was delicious ($23.00). The coffee is of good quality and the staff are always warm and friendly. I have dropped in half a dozen times to date and the owner has always been actively involved in service and food prep.
I can’t imagine visiting Goolwa without dropping in.
— Adeladyan @ TripAdvisor.com.au