Willy Wonka’s gobstopper has nothing on Warnies’ Candyland shake. This strawberry and blue heaven milkshake comes topped with Fairyfloss, coloured popcorn, a giant lollypop, sprinkles, a sourstrap, and an ice-cream sandwich! Order one just to watch your kids’ eyes pop, mouths drop and little bodies bounce with excitement. We couldn’t even get a photo before the kids started grabbing for the toppings.

Candyland is just one of the many Crazy Shake flavours to have put Warnies Railway Café firmly on the Coastie map. And it’s made them a bit of an Instagram sensation, too – after all, they’re very photogenic. There are many other flavours designed by former cake-decorator now shake-extraordinaire Kristy. There’s Berry Nice. Yes, it has fresh berries, but this ain’t no health shake – fairy floss, chocolate brownie and waffle cone also feature. Having a Gaytime comes complete with a full Gaytime ice-cream, and there’s a coffee shake for adults that can be upped with a shot of Baileys.

You might come for the shakes, but there are plenty of reasons to stay – particularly if you have kids. There’s a large cubby with a slippery dip, and the café sits on a grassy block large enough for a game of footy, a hit of cricket or a game of catch. Cows graze in the neighbouring paddocks, resident ducks waddle about the grounds and freight trains trundle past every few minutes – all of which stirs much excitement in the under fives.

Have a group? You’ll be welcome at Warnies. They have loads of tables capable of fitting groups of 10 or more and lots of space for strollers, baby capsules and nappy bags. Mothers’ Groups rejoice. And, great news for parents with young ones, there’s a change table in the bathroom, so you can avoid the torment of doing a nappy change in the car.

Tell me about the food: The menu is BIG. Really big. And it runs the full gamut from the very insta-trendy smoothie bowl to a pancake platter for two! Not forgetting the chicken tacos, Thai beef salad and good ole’ chicken parmi too. The kids’ menu ($4.50-$9) includes the likes of bacon and eggs for breakfast and nuggets or cheeseburgers for lunch.

And the building itself is pretty special. This heritage-listed dame is 105 years old, and started life as a home before being turned into a general store, and now cafe. It was lived in by the Wilson family, who are still locals in the area, and like to pop in frequently for a bite and reminisce. One of the former residents recently celebrated his 70th birthday back at Warnies. We hope he did it in style with a Candyland Shake.

Warnies Railway Cafe

Open: Monday-Friday 6am-5pm; Saturday 8am-5pm; Sunday 8am-4pm.

Phone: 0243 932 955

Address: 1/5 Warnervale rd, Warnervale (next to Warnervale train station)

Did you know Warnies host kids parties? Check out their party packages here.


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