We have opened a new alfresco pop-up café called Fresco, where we will be offering scones and cakes along with snacks and drinks. Situated adjacent to our retail shop just before you enter the garden, offering a relaxing coffee, snack or light lunch in our outdoor nursery space or our temporary pop-up indoor area.

There is no garden entry fee applicable for Fresco.

Fresco is now available for online bookings 7-days a week, 10:00am - 3:00pm.

Please note that due to necessary restoration works of Heronswood House, café dining within the historic house is closeduntil further notice.

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Café Heronswood

Enjoy casual dining in the historic Heronswood house built in 1864, beautifully surrounded by the stunning Heronswood gardens with the backdrop of Port Phillip Bay. We offer delicious, wholesome seasonal food accompanied by friendly unpretentious service. 

Enjoy a tasty lunch within the house lounges, on the surrounding verandah or al fresco enjoying the view from the pool lawn shaded by the statuesque Moreton Bay Fig. 


Bookings are highly recommended on weekends and during the summer holiday period.

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Seasonal Menu

Celebrate the best heirloom produce with a wide seasonal selection of food and local beverages to choose from. Our menu changes regularly according to what's growing and in season. 

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Purchase a Picnic Box

What better way to enjoy the gardens than to have a picnic for two in the tranquil setting. Relax and enjoy the bird life, fresh air and serenity. We've done all the work.

Your picnic includes a lovely lunch, picnic rug, plates, cutlery and glasses. You can even add on a chilled bottle of wine.

Pop into the café or retail shop any day to purchase your lunch, then explore to find your ideal lunch spot.

What will be in your picnic box?
Your Picnic lunch menu includes: Pork & Pistachio Terrine, Assorted Smallgoods, Pumpkin & Pinenut Tart, Garden Salad, French Double Cream, Brie, Hommus, Crackers Chocolate Brownie, and Mineral Water.
A vegetarian picnic box is also available.

The picnic box for two people is $72.

Or you can enjoy a gourmet cheese platter in the gardens. The cheese box includes Clothbound Cheddar, Double Cream Brie, Muscatels, Quince Paste, Mixed Nuts and Crackers.

The gourmet cheese box is $40.