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The lake has become the destination of choice for local residents, business lunches and functions, as well as being a popular place for students and staff of nearby bond university. See below for our current specials.

Owned and operated by Chef Gerhard Breuss and his family, the friendly staff of The Lake is willing to accommodate any need. Why not have a lazy breakfast of French Toast, with poached pear and marscapone? Lunch could be a double-decker tapas on the boardwalk with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

We look forward to seeing you soon.

The Lake Cafe and Bar is the ideal venue for your special occasion or celebration, with our famous waterfall room which overlooks Lake Orr, this room offers a tranquil setting with a vibrant ambience.

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At the Lake, we offer a variety of menus and beverage Packages to suit any occasion. Tell us what you have in mind for your function, then we can add our creativity and many years of experience. The result is exactly the memorable event you want it to be.

Among our specialities are Weddings, for more information and to see our "Wedding Special" Click here

Cocktail style stand up (exclusive use of venue) 200
Waterfall Room cocktail 80
Waterfall Room & balcony cocktail 150
Waterfall Room seated 50
Waterfall Room & bistro seated 110
Bistro seated 60
Exclusive use of The Lake POA

Please feel free to call and arrange a time to speak with our function co-ordinator or simply send us an email. Contact us here

Family Breuss, the owners and operators of this establishment, welcome you to The Lake! Gerhard and Anne, along with their children Mathew, Bianca, Luke, and Nicholas, have vast experience in hospitality, having run many widely successful restaurants, clubs, pubs, and taverns across the country.

However, the history of Family Breuss and their experience in hospitality stretches back 103 years to the Austrian Alps. There, in a village called Rankweil, a man by the name of Johann Breuss, along with his wife and nine sons, owned the local inn, the ‘Goldener Adler’ (The Golden Eagle). One of his sons—Otto Breuss, Gerhard’s father—became a qualified baker and pastry chef, and opened his own business ‘Backerei Breuss’ in the same village of Rankweil. This business is still in successful operation, currently led by Johannes Breuss, the fourth generation of bakers, chefs, and restaurateurs. Otto Breuss also owned the ‘Alpwegkopfhaus’, a busy inn set amongst the high mountains of Vorarlberg, igniting Gerhard’s passion to be a chef.


Gerhard left the village to become a chef in ‘the big city’. After completing his training, Gerhard travelled through Europe honing his skills. From Switzerland to Norway Gerhard worked in world-class hotels. However, he was to settle in Australia after landing in Sydney in 1970.


Gerhard worked as Head Chef in various hotels around Sydney before deciding to open his own restaurant. This restaurant—The Ivy in Balmain—became a landmark restaurant for Sydneysiders, becoming a regular hangout for national and international celebrities and Sydney’s elite. For fifteen years the Ivy was a place for celebrations, business meetings, and great dining.


In 1992 the Breuss family relocated to the Gold Coast, and swiftly carried on the family tradition of hospitality. The family ran a variety of popular pubs, clubs, and taverns, establishing a reputation for great food and service.

The latest venture for Family Breuss is here at the Lake Café. With the family still working together, along with 103 years of family history and reputation, the Breuss family is confident you will enjoy your experience at the Lake. Bon Appetit!

235 Varsity Parade, Varsity Lakes, Qld 4227

07 5578 9962

Sunday - Thursday 7AM to 3PM
Friday & Saturday 7AM to Late

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