The White Waratah Cafe is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10am - 4pm

​The White Waratah Cafe is the central hub of the sanctuary and the perfect meeting place for a coffee, cake or home made pie. Enjoy great conversations with garden views while visiting Wollondilly Shire's much loved wildlife sanctuary.  Purchase a memento from the wide range in the gift shop including indigenous products, Australian made items and of course Australiana plush toys and souvenirs.

The White Waratah Cafe prides itself on sustainability and ethics, and offers a range of delicious plant-based meals that can be viewed on the menu below. 

The Cafe can be made available for group bookings on weekdays by appointment. 

About the White Waratah

The White Waratah was first discovered in 1967, by maintenance men from Nepean Depot of the then Sydney Water Board. When first seen it displayed eight beautiful blooms, five of these were picked, one was taken to Thirlmere Hotel, one to Tahmoor Hotel, one to Queen Victoria Hospital, Picton and the other two to the nurseryman at Nepean Depot.

Thistle Harris-Stead (sanctuary founder) heard of the discovery and sought out the discoverer at the Thirlmere Hotel. He refused to divulge the whereabouts of the plant. Thistle later obtained this information from Assistant Forestry Officer, Red Mitchell.

Over the next years both Red and Thistle took limited cuttings from the plant and successful strikings were distributed to special interested people. ​