The Matilda Bay Tea Rooms is a refreshing scenery change from the urban cafes. Located on the Swan River at the Matilda Bay Reserve and within walking distance to UWA (University of Western Australia) this little section of Perth gives you a glimpse into the lifestyle of the typical West Australian and that is – ‘enjoying the outdoors’.
Seating by the river
The tea rooms have been a part of the Crawley landscape since the 1960’s. The fairly simple establishment serves breakfast, tea and coffee refreshments and lunch. It is counter service which means order at the counter and then pick a table inside or outside.
The high ceilings inside make room for the large windows revealing a beautiful scenic view of the river foreshore.
Boating is a very popular past time in Perth and the Swan River is where you’ll find a good concentration of boats all shapes and sizes. Today, however, there weren’t many around.
As I took the tray to our table I spilled some of the coffee, never mind as they were consumed fairly quickly. The cappuccinos were priced at $4.00 each which is the standard price in Perth these days. We shared a chicken and avocado roll costing $8.50, again prices the same as most places in Perth.
You simply cannot beat the location and the relaxed feeling of being alongside the sparkling water, sitting in the sun with a coffee and some food.
Today we were lucky to see a few Black Swans, a good photo opportunity with the city in the background. The Matilda Bay Reserve has a large grassed area with picnic tables and BBQ facilities, there is also a small jetty area for kids to play and swim. It is a beautiful part of the city.
The Black Swan is unique to Western Australia
A beautiful day to spend by the river
Grass area surrounding the tearooms, plenty of trees to sit in the shade.
Hackett Drive, Nedlands, 6009, Perth,