REVIEW: Northshore Harbour Cafe & Playground | Perfect For Everyone

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Northshore Harbour Cafe is a beautiful local cafe located in Hamilton suitable for everyone in your family as well as friends with kids of all ages. Heck, even couples without kids love it here!

Recently we were invited to have breakfast at the lovely cafe in Hamilton, so we could report back to you on our experience.

Located right on the Brisbane River at Hamilton, Northshore Harbour Cafe is a delightful cafe for the entire family. The venue is well signed and easy to find. It is right beside a playground and a little beach that us kids loved! We built sandcastles and splashed in the water. (You are not allowed to swim in the water, but splashing it OK!) 

We think this might be the next BIG cafe in family-friendly dining, here’s why:

Food at Northshore Harbour Cafe

Value for money 4
Variety of kids menu 4
Portion sizes 5
Food quality 5
Special dietary options 4
How likely are you to recommend the venue? 5

We are lucky to be able to eat at lots of different restaurants and cafes so we have lots to compare this to. What stands out about Northshore Harbour Cafe is the huge range of fresh food options they have on their menu. There is literally an option for every taste from kids to adults, you will find something to suit your preferences. 

You can choose from:

  • Breakfast
  • Burgers
  • Chicken
  • Desserts
  • Kids menu
  • Drinks

You can see from the photos above what we chose and what it looked like. The adults had menu items like Mount Cotton mushrooms with halloumi, and bacon an deggs on toast; the kids had pancakes, eggs benedict and avocado on toast. We were so full after the meals! 

We loved the food!! The portions were large, and the food was DELICIOUS, made with fresh ingredients and that is definitely what you want when you go out for a meal!

Service at Northshore Harbour Cafe

Staff Friendliness 5
Willingness to accommodate kids 5
Prompt delivery of meals 5
Additional services like child care N/A

The friendly wait staff told us about their new additions to the menus, and were very accommodating to any order changes. (One of the adults wanted extra toast!)

The staff were attentive and our meals were brought out only about 15 minutes after we had ordered!

And check out that view of the water!!! Gorgeous!


High chairs and change tables 3
Room for prams and strollers 3
Dedicated play area 4
Can parents see into play space 4
Caters to all age groups 4
Is safely fenced and away from the bar N/A
Adequate parking 4

Not only was the food delicious, but the restaurant itself was large and comfortable. We really don’t like being jammed into small spaces, but that wasn’t a problem here! All the facilities that we saw were also clean. 

There is good parking in the car parks just past the cafe. There is limited parking on the street or in the cafe car park.

The area seemed very casual and relaxed. On the morning that we had breakfast, most of the other customers were couples.

The cafe also has giant games set up outside that us kids played with while we waited for our meals. The parents were very happy about that!


The absolute highlight of this restaurant is the location. There is a park with a great playground nearby for kids to play in, and even a beach along the river. You can see from our photos above, that the play opportunities are good for kids and the meals are of high quality.

We were there for an early breakfast (8am) but the cafe would definitely we a great option at other times throughout the day. 


The restaurant is bright and welcoming with lots of space. Everyone in our party tried something different on the menu and all of us enjoyed our meals.  The food was delicious, the staff were friendly and the facilities were also good! Overall this is a great place for families to have breakfast, brunch or lunch. Make a trip today!

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