The 'New' Daylesford Boat House Restaurant

The Daylesford Boathouse is in a stunning location overlooking Lake Daylesford.

Enjoy the local wildlife while visiting Lake Daylesford.

'Daylesford Delights' Photo Gallery is open

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Paddle Boats and paddle boards are available for fun and a scenic cruise around Lake Daylesford.

Lake Daylesford Paddle Pusher Boat Hire.
2 leggatt Street, Daylesford. Phone  0408 316 690.

Great playground near the Boat House Restaurant with stunning view of the lake.

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The Bookbarn shop has many rare and unusual books for you to browse you can also enjoy morning, afternoon tea and lunch. Last time we were there we sat outside overlooking the lake and this feathered friend amused us.

History of The 'Old' Boathouse Cafe

Sadly the historical and iconic Daylesford Boat House Cafe on the bank of Lake Daylesford was burnt down on the 8th of December 2012.

The Cafe has been an admired attraction and restaurant since the 1990s.

The original building 'the boathouse' was built in the 1930s soon after Lake Daylesford was completed and officially opened in 1929.

This is the newspaper report from the 'Advocate' the next day.

Boathouse Cafe Destroyed by Fire

Daulesford boat house cafe

Building the Cafe

The Cafe was built around the original boathouse, in the 1990s the original building was extended to create the unique restaurant by the lake. The project was completed by Architect Clinton Krause and he hopes that it will be rebuilt.
More detail is in these newspaper articles.

December 10 - Daylesford Hopes for a Rebirth of a Grander Cafe

December 11 - Residents look to Rebuild

December 12 - Visitor devastated by loss

February 2013 - Changes in store for Daylesford Lake precinct  

July 10, 2013 -  Daylesford's Boathouse Cafe To Be Rebuilt

July 7, 2013 -   Excitement for the return of the Boathouse Cafe rises

July 22, 2013 - Boathouse Cafe Revamp

December 2, 2014 - Boathouse Cafe is to reopen in mid December 2014

Boathouse Cafe has reopened    Boathouse Cafe Facebook page



Images of the original restaurant

These images date back to 1930s and they show a very young Lake Daylesford and surrounding buildings which some of them are still standing today.
You may recognise a few of them.

lake daylesford 1930s

The original boathouse is directly behind the swan.

Lake Daylesford 1930s

This image shows the boathouse by itself near the top of the photo and central, this image is recorded as being taken in 1936.

Lake Daylesford 1930s

This boat is typical of what was used for cruises around the lake, row boats were also very popular. This boat may have been stored in the boathouse.

Recent images of the Iconic Cafe -
Now it is called the  'Boat House Restaurant'

boat house cafe daylesford

The Cafe has been admired from many angles as locals and visitors walked around the 'Peace Mile' walking track or enjoyed a picnic on the banks of Lake Daylesford.

lake daylesford boat house cafe

Many visitors and locals have been to the Cafe for meals while enjoying the view.

lake daylesford
scenic lake daylesford

The padleboats are extremely popular activity for having fun, when not in use they are parked behind the boathouse.

the boat house cafe with an amazing view

The view from the Restaurant is stunning, the different seasons and weather conditions constantly changed.

the boat house cafe in the distance

The familiar sight of the restaurant could be seen from every part of the lake along with the stunning natural surrounding bushland and manicured grassed areas.

great view from across lake daylesford

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