Portland Roads OUT OF THE BLUE CAFÉ

Out of the Blue café at Portland Roads serves the best seafood on the Cape. It’s not a roadhouse. They make fresh food not fast food and are owned and operated by local residents, Greg Westcott and Sheree Barker. Greg is a former fisherman and draws on his extensive network of contacts to source premium produce, from scallops to prawns, mackerel, squid and more. The seafood is purchased whole, processed and prepared on site with a focus and commitment always on quality. The café serves lunch and dinner to locals and visitors alike. It’s available for dine in or takeaway. The owners love meeting guests and sharing their stories and insights on the history and best things to do in the area.

The Best Seafood ON THE CAPE

Out of the Blue café at Portland Roads serves fresh food, not fast food. It purchases only local product to support the hard-working commercial fishers and is a proud supporter of the ‘Love Australian Prawns’ campaign. The focus is to showcase the delicious bounty from the sea and without a doubt, the crowd favourite with visitors is the Portland Roads Platter for 2. This sumptuous 2-tiered seafood platter includes chilled prawns, bugs, salad and seasonal fruit, as well as steamed scallops, tempura prawns, crumbed fish, lemon pepper calamari and chips. For visitor convenience the full Out of the Blue café menus for lunch, evening and takeaway are available to download from the FAQ section below.

The cafe itself is set back from the road and surrounded by an abundant and productive tropical garden. There’s paw paw, limes, soursop, lemons, oranges, dragonfruit, custard apple, five star fruit, Brazilian cherries, coconuts and a few varieties of mango. Splashes of colour are provided by the flowering beach hibiscus, frangipani trees, lilies and desert roses.

Seating is on the elevated deck, which has views over the Portland Roads bay and enjoys fresh sea breezes. Facilities include clean toilets, tables with a view, friendly hosts and great food. Make sure you add Out of the Blue café at Portland Roads to your Cape York itinerary.

CAFÉ MENUS & FAQS

When are you open and what are your hours?

Please note due to staff shortages at the moment, we have modified our usual opening hours to the below.

  • Morning Tea and Lunch available Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm
  • Takeaway available Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm
  • Dinner available Wednesday through to Saturday from 6pm by booking only

Lunch Menu

Out of the Blue café is open for lunch Saturday and Sunday 10am – 3pm.

Mains include prawn rolls, fish and chips, chicken tacos, grilled haloumi salad, seafood medley and more. You can download a copy of our lunch menu here.

We also have a takeaway menu available.

Dinner Menu

Out of the Blue café is open for dinner Wednesday through to Saturday. The dinner menu is available from 6pm.

Mains include the Portland Roads Platter for 2, garlic prawn spaghetti, fish and chips, steak and more. You can download a copy of our dinner menu here.

Please note we are a small venue and dinner bookings are highly recommended to secure your place.

Takeaway Menu

Please note due to staff shortages at the moment, we have modified our usual opening hours to the below. At this time, Out of the Blue café is providing a takeaway service on Saturdays and Sundays from 10am – 3pm.

It includes fish and chips, panko prawn cutlets, prawn rolls, chicken tacos and more. Download a copy of our takeaway menu here.

Do you cater to dietary intolerances and allergies?

Out of the Blue café is a small facility, making fresh food, not fast food. If you have special dietary needs, please ask and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Do I need to make a booking?

As we are a small boutique Café we recommend that you make a booking if you wish to sit and enjoy the view. Takeaway meals are available by walk-up, but phoning through your order on (07) 4060 7161 will save you time.

Are you licensed or can we BYO alcoholic beverages?

Portland Roads Out of the Blue café is not licensed; however you are more than welcome to BYO.

10 MOST ASKED VISITOR QUESTIONS AT THE CAFÉ

How many people live here at Portland Roads?

Depending on the time of year, there is between 8-10 people living here full time.

What does everyone do?

We either run a small business from home, work in the Lockhart River community, or are retired.

How did Portland Roads get its name?

The town takes its name from the Portland Roads Harbour. In turn “Portland” was named after William Henry Cavendish, Duke of Portland, a benefactor of early Australian explorers. While “Roads” is a modern abbreviation of “roadstead” meaning “safe anchorage”.

What happened to the Jetty?

The Peninsular Development Road (PDR) began to be slowly upgraded in the 1960’s and so provided better and more economic access to the Cape. With better road access, the monthly shipping service that serviced the middle area of the Cape through the Portland Roads Jetty became unviable and ceased operating. With no use, the Jetty fell into disrepair and became unsafe. Sadly, in the late 1970’s the decision was made to dismantle the jetty rather than upgrade it.

Are there crocodiles here?

Yes, there sure are. We have about 3 resident crocs in the area. Every day, or so, we see a Croc drifting in the current out front. When the tide is in, they are usually seen between the ‘Mangrove line’ and the ‘Fringe Reef drop-off’. Beware!

What’s that spikey fruit growing at the end of your patio?

It’s called a Sour Sop, which is a fruit similar to a custard apple. Best eaten cold with ice-cream. Makes good milkshakes or smoothies.

What’s it like here in the wet?

I think you will find that most of the people who live here will say it is the best time of the year. The winds change and come from the North, North West. The place becomes alive and lush with the first rains; at times the ocean is like glass. It really is paradise here in the wet.

How do you get your food for the Cafe?

It’s a constant juggling act and certainly isn’t easy. We have to use multiple ways to get our ingredients here to make the lunch you are enjoying today.

  • We fly perishables like Lettuce and Herbs into the Lockhart River Airport.
  • For ‘Dry’ goods, we use the Cairns Supermarkets’ Online, Pack, and Post services.
  • We use the “Sea Swift” shipping service for bulk freezer goods like Chips.
  • The Store at Lockhart River provides a valuable back-up.
  • In the dry season we do monthly supply runs to Cairns by car for those hard to get items.

What’s the fishing like here?

Like most places, the fishing is good as long as you put the effort in, and fish on the right tides. The best place here at “The Roads” is down around the boat ramp.

Can we go into the Lockhart River Community?

Yes, you sure can and you should. There is a great Art Gallery to have a look at, some wonderful rock formations at Quintell Beach, a good retail store which is replenished with fresh fruit and vegetables each Friday and there is fuel available. Remember if you buy local you are helping support our communities. Lockhart River is a dry community and you must NOT take any alcohol into the community.

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