More about us....

Welcome aboard...


A spacious, airy al fresco style deck offers room for patrons to relax and watch the world go by, and the dining room has ample tables for couples, families, and small to medium sized groups.

The style of the café restaurant nods toward a nautical style, and if you look around you’ll notice a classic model ship displayed in the dining area, a black as night raven light fitting featured discreetly in the bar, and a number of rope, skull and ship related items scattered around the building.


A vertically standing boat with shelving in the recess displays relishes, preserves and other goods from local makers such as Gentle Goat, Fish Creek Olives, Australian Tea Masters and Garlicicious , and a nearby fridge full of ethically sourced produce is regularly stocked by Tarwin Lower based business 

‘Fresh As’. Tracey visits growers and farm gates all over Gippsland to make sure that not only is Long John’s kitchen stocked up for service, but a range of colourful seasonal fruits and vegetables are also available
for sale to the public.

All welcome

The venue is dog-friendly, bicycle-friendly, fully licensed, and capable of hosting functions – and offers catering as well.

Having lived and worked in South Gippsland for the past seven years, owner and manager (Captain) Trevor takes a great deal of pride in providing, top-notch meals and fast, friendly service for both Fishy locals and travelling tourists alike.

Leave the big smoke behind...

Long John’s is only a stones throw from South Gippsland’s Great Southern Rail Trail, making it an ideal spot for a coffee or bite to eat on a day trip, after a relaxing bike ride, or on the way to (or from) the beautiful Wilson’s Promontory National Park (only 50 minutes drive to Tidal River).

It’s also worth noting that Fish Creek is the ‘gateway’ to Waratah Bay and Sandy Point (14 minutes), a short 15 minute drive from Meeniyan, and only 11 minutes from neighbouring Foster. If you’re travelling from the big smoke of Melbourne, it’s a leisurely 2 hr 20 minute cruise along the South Gippsland Highway to get here.


Parking is available at the rear of the building, and (environmentally friendly packaged) take away is available as a pre-order over the phone or in-store. The spacious bathrooms are disability friendly, non-gendered, and have change table facilities available in both of them. High-chairs are available too.


Reserve your spot

In terms of reservations (and any matters that require immediate attention), it is advised that you call the cafe to book a table, as we are unable to take reservations on social media platforms. Other enquiries are also welcome via email.

Keeping in line with COVID-safe policies, we ask that all patrons are understanding of the guidelines we have in place to keep both them and our staff safe. This includes things such as the use of contract tracing QR code check-ins, use of alcohol-based sanitiser, and any other advice that we are compliant with in accordance with DHHS guidelines.

Please check out social media for opening times as it changes with seasons.

20% public holiday surcharge
GF gluten free and we cater for vegans too
VGO/GFO meals can be made and are free on request