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The Early Bird

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U 2 11 Pacific Dr | Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
+61 7 4758 1195
07:00 - 15:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Fabulous fresh produce (a rarity in some parts of FNQ) and wonderful staff. I ordered a lovely halloumi salad with perfectly dressed fresh greens and a glass of sav blanc. Staff were attentive and friendly. Will definitely be back!

Thank Mal K
Canberra, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We stopped in for coffee and stayed for lunch. Best coffee on the island. The haloumi salad was delicious as was the Danish feta open sandwich. Exceptional service, friendly and prompt. And we even got a chance to practice our Italian. We will be back.

Thank FergusandAnn
Cairns Region, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast by the beach can't go wrong. The food was delicious I was a little worried being Italian style it maybe to much olive oil as some do but nope it was spot on. The staff were very informative & attentive. The location is beautiful & the over hanging frangipani tree tops it off. Prices are very reasonable. If I... More 

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Stefania A, Owner at The Early Bird, responded to this review

Thanks very much Colin for your​ lovely review and for enjoying food, location and appreciate our attentive staff :) FYI we are family and dog friendly, and proud about it - we even make donations to Angel Paws Animal Rescue Inc., as we adopted a rescue dog a while back. We are sorry to hear you won't be returning because... More 

Port Douglas
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Really enjoyed our lunch , fresh , very tasty , lovely view of beach. We hear breakfast is even better so will try and get back. Only small negative tap water on table was not cold on a very hot day!

Thank Nautilusaccom
Stefania A, Owner at The Early Bird, responded to this review

Thanks very much for your lovely words! We apologise about the room temperature water: unfortunately we do not have enough room to store our 20 tap water bottles in fridges, but we provide ice upon request. Please do not hesitate to ask us some ice next time you come over :) More 

Cairns, Australia
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The best coffee on the island and amazing, simple, lovingly prepared food. Trust me :) Don't miss out on going here.

Thank Cyclonewind
Marple, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Stopped at The Early Bird one morning for breakfast and coffee. Very tasty and good value. Beautiful location looking out over the ocean.

Thank Harry H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

Fresh coffee is great from Dominion Roasters in Townsville. Island life so enjoyable with good food an ocean breeze right on the beach. Very casual and well priced.

Thank David P
North Queensland
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2017

the early bird is in a great position overlooking Horseshoe Bay beach, I go there regularly for coffee are a fitness lesson, but recently went there for lunch with my daughter, the food was so fresh and tasty. It is runs by a couple of young italian people and it is a nice change to have happy friendly service, so... More 

Thank MarleneRay
Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

We had coffee here just before a jet skiing session on Horseshoe Bay, and then came back for more for lunch. Service was cheerful and efficient, the food selection was excellent, quality was outstanding and the coffee was top notch. Highly recommended!!!!

Greater Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

A little place opposite the beach. We went here because it had good vegetarian options. The food was excellent and the coffee even better. The staff are friendly and efficient. It is a nice place to sit, relax watch the waves roll in and start the day with good food and coffee.

Thank lobourne

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$3 - US$34
Street Food, Cafe, Delicatessen, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: U 2 11 Pacific Dr | Horseshoe Bay, Magnetic Island, Queensland 4819, Australia
  • Location: South Pacific  >  Australia  >  Queensland  >  Magnetic Island
  • Phone Number: +61 7 4758 1195
The Early Bird is situated in the beautiful Horseshoe Bay on Magnetic Island. This cozy little cafe' is owned by a young Italian couple, and specialises in over 50 tea varieties, locally roasted coffee (Coffee Dominion), bakeries from the famous Three Loves Bakehouse and scrumptious homemade scones, cakes and sweets. All meals are made with love and our special breakfasts, open-grilled toasts, healthy and fresh salads and filling panini will have you coming back for more! Enjoy a refreshing smoothie or a juice whilst overlooking the beach with the sea breeze in your hair. We also have a huge range of tapas and grazing boards, Aperitivo platters and mouth watering local seafood and meat - grilled and served with hearty contemporary salads. OPEN FROM 7AM TO 5PM DURING SCHOOL HOLIDAYS!

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