About Us

Open for breakfast and lunch,
7 days a week. We NOW OPEN MONDAYS.
Open Friday and Saturday for dinner.

The Three Mad Chefs from the Flying Nun Cafe in Samford

In 2009, the Flying Nun Cafe opened for the first time and was run by Linda and David for four successful years, until in 2013, a trio, known as the Three Mad Chefs decided to purchase the business. Nathan, Will and Charli, who were already working at the Cafe, embraced the opportunity to continue running the Flying Nun, an iconic and  popular destination for locals and tourists alike for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Meet the Owners

Head Chef | Nathan Ayre – aka THE KITCHEN PROFESSIONAL
Passionate about food, born into the hospitality business, trained under Tony Davis – you will find him in the kitchen making sure that the quality and presentation of the Flying Nun Cafe’s food is first class.

Restaurant Manager | Will Meakin – aka THE FIXER
Innovative, friendly, able to turn his hand to anything, trained under Alistair McLeod – likes to find new ways to improve the customer experience.

Events Manager | Charli Meakin – aka THE ORGANISED ONE
People person, face of the Cafe, keeps the place running, trained under Alistair McLeod – keeps the boys on their toes.

Food Philosophy

Their philosophy is simple! Good quality seasonal fresh food, prepared in unique and interesting ways.

Nathan, Charli and Will ensure their menu is changed every season and work hard to ensure all diners are well cared for by creating a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere to enjoy their meals.

To make a booking for breakfast, lunch or dinner, please visit our bookings page.

The Flying Nun Cafe in Samford

The Cafe

The cafe building is unique and consists of two buildings set on open decks overlooking a rainforest garden. The main building started out as a Methodist church, then became a Uniting Church. The renovated structure features stained glass windows salvaged from another church and original timber floors.

The building in the middle of the Cafe is called “The Nun”. It was originally commissioned by the Brisbane City Council as a movable shelter for funerals at Mt Gravatt Cemetery.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Flying Nun Cafe in Samford.


The Flying Nun Cafe serves a modern Australian menu which uses seasonal ingredients and changes every Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.

The Cafe has a wonderful display of scrumptious cakes and desserts freshly made on the premises as well as a huge selection of hot and cold drinks.

From  10am, choose from our specially selected wine and craft beer menu.

Opening hours

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday
Open from 7am – 3pm for Breakfast and Lunch.

Friday and Saturday
Open from 7am – late  for Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.


Our breakfast menu is served from 7am -11:30am.
Our lunch menu is served from 11:45am – 2pm.
Our afternun menu is served from 2pm – 6pm Friday and Saturday.
Our dinner menu is served from 6pm – 8pm.
Coffee and cake is available all day, 7 days a week.

GREAT NEWS – We open longer on Fridays and Saturdays!

We are NOW open between lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday. Previously, we closed at 3pm. So stay on and enjoy more coffee and cake or choose a light meal from our afternun menu. Dinner starts at 6pm.

Nelus Oana displays his artwork at the Flying Nun Cafe


The walls of the main building are covered in art for sale. The current artist on exhibit is Nelus Oana whose works capture the spirit of the Australian landscape. His remarkable work is all created by hand and without the use of an easel. You can purchase his artwork from The Flying Nun Café or by contacting the artist directly on 0451 075 616.

Watch YouTube video of Nelus Oana’s Tribute to 2009 Bushfire Victims, which showcases his unique painting style.