If you’re looking for a friendly place to hang out, then The Bluff, Burleigh Heads, is the locals’ choice.
Situated in the lovely Old Burleigh Theatre arcade, The Bluff spills out onto the pathway with a great ocean view.
Owner, Deb Caughley, fell into cafe ownership purely by chance.
“We moved to Burleigh Heads from Brisbane. There’s so much to love about this area, the lifestyle, it’s relaxed, family orientated and very health focused. Burleigh is by far the best place on the Gold Coast.
“Anyway, a friend of my husband needed a new partner for The Bluff and I thought the cafe sounded like a nice idea as I was interested in going in a new direction.
“The Bluff has very much evolved since then as I’m now running it on my own. We open seven days a week, and also in the evening from Wednesday to Sunday, so it’s much more than a cafe.
“I suppose it does have a bit of a split personality but the cafe has a very relaxed, casual feeling during the day, with a unique restaurant ambience in the evening. Everyone loves it.
“We’ve also moved with the times in terms of food. The latest trend is Latin, so we have a Spanish chef for tapas in the evening and an Italian fellow making our pizzas. You could say we’re very authentic!
“We’ve also followed the trend towards small plates and sharing so we like to think of our dinner times as sampling, sharing and conversation. Because we prefer this kind of feel I avoided turning The Bluff into a bar like other venues in Burleigh. We love all the different people we get, our families and parties of 10 or 20 who come and sit down for a meal and drink.
“The Bluff features live music on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons. I try to support local talent and give them a venue to showcase their music. David Watson plays on Fridays and is an amazing Burleigh talent specialising in contemporary jazz and blues. On Sundays we sometimes get Adrian Stuckey who has a more Latin vibe. When he plays the pan flutes people just stop on the footpath or in the arcade and stare.
“Our customers range from teenagers to grey nomads staying at the Burleigh Heads caravan park and popping in for their morning coffee. We might have a couple of blokes enjoying a beer and listening to the music, families or groups of friends sharing pizza and tapas.
“But you know what I really love about this job, for me it is the people I’ve met and the stories they tell.”
The Bluff is a short walk from your Burleigh Heads accommodation and is open for breakfast and lunch seven days a week. Enjoy the gorgeous view and relaxed evening ambience Wednesday to Sunday with live music on Friday nights and Sunday afternoons.