Sitting in the warm sun. Hands wrapped around a steaming cup of coffee. Listening to the rustling of the leaves in the trees overhead. There is not a more tranquil café setting to be found than The Windmill at Bargara.
It’s not just the beautiful location that’s won this award-winning café so much praise. It is how chef and owner Joey Caruana combines his food philosophy and business vision with the freshest produce he can find, putting it all on a plate.
“It’s cliché to say local food and local produce, but the difference is we don’t have deliveries to Bargara every day of the week. We have the farmer who’s finished picking and brings in their fruit and vegetables. The tomato farmer comes, the dragonfruit farmer comes, the banana farmer comes directly to us,” Joey said.
“I think the success of The Windmill is the real hospitality. We really try to provide an experience, to be more than just a café. That kind of thinking is increasing in our local area and everyone is upping their game.”
The rest of Queensland now knows what Bargara locals have known for years: The Windmill is officially the State’s Best Tourism Café or Catering Service. They received the prestigious accolade at the 2020 Queensland Tourism Awards and went on the be placed fourth at the Australian awards.
“Winning the gold medal was amazing, as we were up against some big players, multinational corporations, multinational hotels, cafes and restaurants. It is important to us to show you can have that level of service offering in a regional town,” Joey said.