Pack your appetite on your trip to Childers – you will need it when you stop in at the award-winning Mollydookers cafe.

Warm hospitality and large plates fill this modern eatery, just three minutes north of Childers at Apple Tree Creek, where owners Alana and Mike Vandenbrink serve up their signature fusion of Canadian and Australian food.

Bold smoky flavours on their steaks, ribs and wings will have your mouth watering. Served up with a side of Poutine and washed down with a Ceasar, you will feel like you are in Canada, especially if you finish the meal with a home-made butter tart or nanaimo bar. All of their menu – from pizzas and parmigianas to wraps, burgers and salads – is made with delicious Canadian seasonings.

Everything about Mollydookers is a melding of the Vandenbrink family’s local and Canadian history. Even the décor is styled with both hockey paraphernalia and Apple Tree Creek historical photographs.

Call ahead to reserve your table out on the deck, in the air-conditioning or in front of the hockey game that’s playing on the television. With COVID-19 restrictions in place, tables can fill quickly, especially on weekends.


Mollydookers Cafe & Bar is open for lunch and dinner Wednesday to Saturday and breakfast and lunch on Sunday. Phone 07 4126 1114