Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café

Last Updated on May 6, 2021 by Red Nomad OZ

The Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Cafe sets up at Dales Gorge Campground, Karijini National Park, Western Australia
The Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Cafe sets up at Dales Gorge Campground, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

It doesn’t matter where we are.

Cool Waters Caravan Park, Cairns, Far North Queensland
Cool Waters Caravan Park, Cairns, FNQ

Or how far we’ve travelled.

Or how hot it is.

Or cold.

Or what time of day.

Whether it’s time for a snack, a meal, a nightcap, morning tea or midnight feast.

We can always drop in to Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café!

Because it’s ALWAYS open.

For us …

… and serves up food just the way we like it!

With fresh, local ingredients.

Like food from our favourite bakeries.

Or fast food.

Or even good, old fashioned home-cooked meals.

But Red and Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café isn’t open to just ANYONE!  Its exclusive membership deals are just for two!

The Café has a visitor, Wyndham Caravan Park, Western Australia
The Café has a visitor, Wyndham Caravan Park, Western Australia


BUT … there’s an occasional dispensation for a special guest, or a mate.

Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes, New South Wales
Lake Pamamaroo, Menindee Lakes, New South Wales

And the best thing about Red and Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café?

Against a fascinating and ever-changing backdrop – tropical, desert, coastal, inland, rocky, sandy, scrub, bushland, beach, mallee, lakes, rivers – the Café provides an oasis of stability.

Breakfast is served, Ormiston Gorge Campground, Central Australia, Northern Territory
Breakfast is served, Ormiston Gorge Campground, Central Australia, Northern Territory

Because no matter how dramatic the changes to scenery, weather or company, the Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café Chairs have remained the same for nearly a decade.

So whatever adventures we’re having on the road, we come home to Red & Pilchard’s Ultimate All-Australian Travelling Café.

Swanvale Jump-up, via Stonehenge, Outback Queensland
Swanvale Jump-up, via Stonehenge, Outback Queensland

And our Café Chairs!

They’re not even close to being worn out yet, so if you’re out on the road and you see them (and us!), why not drop in and see if the Cafe’s open?!

Waikerie Caravan Park, Waikerie, South Australia
Waikerie Caravan Park, Waikerie, South Australia

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  1. @Valladolid DP – Thank you!! It was fun doing this post – it brought back many happy memories!!
    @eileeninmd – The travelling cafe’s further adventures may well be highlighted here at a later date!! Watch this space!
    @MJWC – Our camper trailer is 30 years old this year – we’re hoping it has another 30 years in it, but it probably doesn’t! Still, it works for us …
    @Jerry – Thank you so much!! I’m honoured!!
    @Mary – They are such great looking chairs that most grey nomads on the road have the exact same ones! And yet, the manufacturer has now made a new model that’s much less comfortable and doesn’t fold down so small! Go figure!!

  2. @diane b – You are WAY better off visiting the cafe just after a bakery run!! Blogger seems to apply random text sizes to whatever I put in. But will try.
    @TMWH – While we’re travelling, I refer to the campertrailer as ‘home’ without even thinking about it!! We’ll be devastated when the chairs fall apart – they’re the most comfortable camp chairs I’ve EVER experienced!
    @Celine & Phillippe – Happiness is made of these simple things!
    @Carole – It’s the first time I’ve ever seen fish roadkill!! But that didn’t detract from the marvellous setting – one of the best free camp sites EVER! Blogger must hate you – I know it does me from time to time!

  3. Your home away from home looks very inviting. Has anyone told you those are great looking chairs :-). Have a fabulous weekend. Blessings…Mary

  4. Hahahahah…. cute Cafe!! Seems even the wild creatures like it. Must of smelled something tasty.

    Your pop up looks like the one I had many years ago. Loved it!!

  5. Great post, I like your idea of the traveling cafe. Wonderful scenery and gorgeous photos. Have a great day!

  6. load of fun to be sure; a wonderful lifestyle you have created and made the most of. Was it smelling somewhat ‘fishy’ around Menindee while you camped there? All the drying out carp laying around?? That’s how it was when I visited May ’12; enchanting place, I’d have loved to spend more time photographing but was on a whistle-stop coach tour. Didn’t see this come through my reader though; wondering why blogger did that to me?

  7. Very original idea for the theme day. I wouldn’t mind visiting that cafe it has gorgeous and diverse views. I would choose a day when the owners have just been to a country bakery. Do you think you could make your text bigger for us oldies with poor eyesight.

  8. I’m very impressed with the changing decor of your cafe. But I’m glad you’ve kept the chairs — they really look comfortable.

  9. @ladyfi – Well … it’d probably have to be modified for Sweden!
    @Jo – It works for us!! Have a great weekend!
    @George – The chairs are the best for appreciating the ever changing scenery! Oh – and the bakery food!!!
    @Filip – The outdoor cafe isn’t for everyone – but everyone will probably find at least one spot to their liking!!
    @TFG – Thank you!! It’s always a pleasure compiling a post like this – as I sort through the photos, I’m blessed with many happy memories!
    @Kath – HAha, if you can track us down, you’re welcome!! But you’re better off finding us just after a bakery buyout … just sayin’!

  10. @Manzanita – HAha, everything travels, but that’s a GOOD thing, right?!?! Love ya back, girlfriend!
    @SFlaGuy – The good thing is, it’s all DIY!! Or maybe I should patent it … I’ll be interested to see what YOUR cafe looks like!!
    @PDP – Sadly, not so exclusive! The market was flooded with them, so now every 2nd Grey Nomad has a set!! If anyone nicked them, we’d be hard pressed to prove they were ours …
    @sonia – Welcome!! Strange that the donkey only seemed to come around at mealtimes!!! But it made our stay in Wyndham memorable!!
    @Beatrice – Welcome to you too! What a shame the embassy was closed – but don’t let that stop you coming to Australia!! Sounds like you’re an experienced camper now, so you’ll love it!! And don’t worry, everyone makes typos …
    @LONDONLLULU – HAha, these are the results of several roadtrips! And better a donkey visiting than, say, a snake or crocodile!

  11. @Dina – Yes, I’m SOOOOO lucky! Why don’t you join me sometime?!
    @Joan Elizabeth – It’s perfect because EVERYTHING is geared towards what I want!!
    @Alessandra – As you know, it’s the only way to get exactly what you want! We eat out, but usually the view from the chairs is fantastic!
    @Linley – HAha, actually sometimes the view is so fine & relaxing that cafe orders take a LOOOOOONG time to be filled …
    @Tanya – So do I!
    @Saucy Kod – Pyromaniac Pilchard would add ‘campfire’ to the list of cafe ‘must haves’!!!! And yes, that IS him fishing!
    @Hilda – I’m glad I inspired you! Make it happen, girlfriend!!

  12. When I was young… very long ago ! I almost whwnt to australia. I had to go to the ambassy in geneva, to inquire. Bur, the doors had been always closed. On’s to *les recemcement* ( conting people) , Another time, it was a celebration !

    Well I had urge to live my parents. So I went to London, witch I like very match.

    When i do camping, it is trought France, Spain and Stwitzerland, to gold panning competitions. I Sleep in my big Ford .car.

    By the way, we might had met.

    UN petit coucou de Lausanne en Suisse.

  13. I have to agree with Dina—you have the best café in the world!

    Sigh. Your wonderful post found a resonating spot in my heart, and now I feel a longing to just travel…

  14. This is not the type of traveling we like but nature looks fantastic and love the visitor.


  15. When I change my blog from South Florida Guy to All Over the Place Guy I will need one of these rolling cafes.

  16. Red,
    Everything gets to travel. I read about the pants, then the rocks and now the Cafe and chairs. Glad you are enjoying the outdoors.
    Love ya

  17. We do he same thing when we travel Red. Our little travelling home becomes our cafe and hotel, our stability during the trip – to me there is nothing more wonderful that to be settled by the water or high in the hills and have that evening cuppa round the ole campfire. This was a lovely post and I love your cafe, even the friend that came to visit. The photo down by the water – is Pilchard fishing? lol

  18. The best bit Red is the ever changing view, plus you always get the table that you want and no long waits to be served. I am hoping to hit the road again later this year.

  19. I confess to be a bit of a coffee snob and travel with my Italian moka coffee pot, so I totally approve of you taking your cafe (chairs et all) with you! 🙂

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