Hidden at the end of a small arcade on one of the shopping strips in North Tamborine, the Red Flame Tree Cafe is one of those cafes you need to look a little harder to find, as it’s not on the usual tourist trail. For one, it’s closed on weekends, which is a sure sign that it’s a big hit with the locals during the week. We manage to grab a Devonshire Tea just before closing time and sit in the courtyard that’s more or less a wider part of the arcade at the front of the café. The scone, at 4pm in the afternoon, is dry and has a very sweet smell, perhaps from being heated. The strawberry jam is average and although the cream is fresh, it is super-duper light. Open Monday to Friday.
Tea: The usual choice of Nerada tea bags served in a good-sized teapot.
Overall: A quiet café tucked away far from the tourist crowds.
Location: 18 Main Western Rd, Nth Tamborine QLD 4272 Ph: 07 5545 4003