Alowishus Nights Are Back

Did you know that one of the reasons Alowishus Delicious was started was so that the people of Bundaberg could have a café that was open late? One of our original ‘reasons for being’ was to provide a hub where people could enjoy a casual supper, a special dessert, or a social nightcap.

Over the last few months, having to limit our hours to daytime only has made us feel like a special part of Alowishus has been missing.

That’s why we are super-excited to let you know that we are open again open on Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm in Bundy and 9pm in Maryborough.

What’s more, we are going to have some special offers to make it easier for you to come and relax with us on a Friday or Saturday night.

There will be dessert specials after 6 pm and, if you sign up for the Alowishus Good News newsletter, we will let you know about some other awesome late night offers.

We are really happy about this and we can’t wait to see you for nightcap or dessert at Alowishus soon.

Read more about why we started Alowishus.

See how we support our community.

WATCH – Have you seen Alo at the front?

Collaborate…. The Best Way to Help a Mate

We love to collaborate with other hospitality businesses and events to help each other out whenever we can. It’s better for our business, their business and the whole community.

Here’s how we have worked with a few of our friends lately…

Our Christmas Party

When we had our last staff Christmas party, some amazing people from other cafes actually came and worked at Alowishus. These incredibly selfless people were Zac from Oodies, Bec from Water Street Kitchen and Kylie from Eleven Acres. We absolutely loved and appreciated this gesture because it meant that most of our team could enjoy some social time together.

Our Gelato

Love our gelato? We also supply it to HSG at the Gardens (and previously Penny Lane under the former owners). We even supply Gelato in the summer and Hot Soup in the winter to Bella Donna Hair & Makeup. They surprise and delight their clients with a sweet treat or hearty soup. Oops! The cats out of the bag now.

We love this relationship not only because it is a compliment to our product, but it is an easy way for another café to expand their range without reinventing the wheel gelato.

Great Neighbours

We have an excellent relationship with our neighbours at Nourish Café. It is a pleasure working together to make our little arcade a thriving friendly hub where people can enjoy conversation, coffee and fresh delicious food. We also combine to promote Cafesmart, an annual initiative to raise funds for the homeless.

Good Coffee – The Lifeblood of Every Café

No matter what else you do, when you run a café you simply MUST make a good coffee. When Cuppatime Café in North Bundaberg reached out to us, one of our hotshot baristas, Brendan, visited for a few hours and helped their team refine some skills to ensure that Cuppatime was producing the best coffee possible.

Community Events

Our staff have worked on site at various events including business conferences and trade expos at venues such as the Multiplex and Citicoast Church. We also recently supplied staff members to assist Sunrise Rotary in their marquee at Oceanfest. It went so well, we are joining forces again in 2020 to do something even bigger and better.

These event collaborations are a fantastic way to connect with the community away from our café and it’s also satisfying to contribute to having better events in the region.

Collaborate and Always Go for the Win/Win

Here at Alowishus we think that success is way more fun when you can help others have a win at the same time. Go find a mate, and collaborate!

Read more about how we support the Bundaberg and Maryborough communities here.

Learn more about CafeSmart here.

Watch our visit to local supplier Tinaberries below.

Paying It Forward for Our Most Vulnerable

Have you heard about our Pay It Forward program?
It’s an easy and affordable way to help the needy and vulnerable in our community with their most essential need – food in their tummies.

It’s Just $4
We have a page on our website where you can buy Pay It Forward vouchers for a sandwich or toastie for $4 each. On your behalf, we will pass the vouchers on to a local community organisation who will ensure they are given to those who need them most. So, it’s that easy. You buy the voucher online and Alowishus and the community organisations will do the rest.

Here’s the link to the page on our website:

But Surely it Costs More Than $4?
Well, yes it does. But we’re happy to chip in that bit extra to make sure it’s easy and affordable for people to contribute.

Who Are the Organisations that Distribute the Pay It Forward Vouchers?
Currently, the organisations we work with include:

On any given night in Australia, over 115,000 people are homeless. Bundaberg and the Fraser Coast contribute more to this number than you might think. You may not be able to solve the bigger problem, but if you can spare $4, you can help someone at least have a nutritious meal today and hope for tomorrow.

Read more about the causes we support here.

Watch the video for some background on the Pay It Forward program.

Babycino Kids Supporting Sick Kids

We all hope that we never have to spend time at the children’s ward of a hospital. But if you
ever do, it’s reassuring to know that the staff are warm and caring and the facilities are first
class so your little one is in good hands.

Here in Bundaberg, anyone who has ever been to the Paediatric Ward at Bundaberg Base
Hospital knows that we are ever so lucky to have a facility with amazing staff where kids and
their families feel genuinely cared for.

But We Need More Than Great People

The professional caring staff needs up-to-date equipment and resources to support them in
caring for sick kids. This is an ongoing cost to replace items and purchase new equipment.
To that end, a local organisation helping to make sure that the Paediatric Ward has the best
possible equipment is the Bundaberg Health Services Foundation (BHSF).

BHSF is a local charity that essentially funds items required for patient care (right
throughout the hospital) that are not provided for in government budgets. They also run
community health projects. All money donated to BHSF stays here in Bundaberg and
benefits everyone.

How We Like to Help

Here at Alowishus in Bundaberg, we support our local children’s ward through our Babycino program.

We charge $1 for babycinos and all of that dollar goes to the Paediatric Ward at the
Bundaberg Base Hospital. We choose to use BHSF to handle the funds as they know best
what the ward requires and can pool it with other funds to get the equipment that is most

How You Can Help

When you visit Alowishus to enjoy a grown-up coffee, simply order a babycino for your little
one (it’s just frothy milk basically). If you don’t have kids with you but you’d like to give a
dollar to a great cause, just let us know.

See what other great causes we support here.

Watch the video for some background on our Pay It Forward program.

Cafe of the Year Alowishus Delicious 2018

Cafe of the Year Alowishus Delicious 2018

Taken from Countrywide Cafe of the Year 

What our 2018 CW Café of the Year winner had to say about winning!

Last year the CW Café of the Year 2018 title went to Alowishus Delicious of Bundaberg, Queensland. We recently caught up with the owner, Tracey McPhee to ask her about her experience last year and what taking out the title and $25,000 top prize meant to her and her team.

Tracey said, “the whole team at Alowishus Delicious were engaged and proactive during the promotion and it created a great sense of camaraderie. It really brought the team together”.

Cafés registered this year should make sure they get their customers involved and use social media to get lots of exposure just like Alowishus Delicious did in 2018. When the winner was announced Tracey explained “it was just thrilling, everyone was so excited, my heart was racing. We had a great response from the community too who had followed our journey and were wanting to congratulate us”.

With the winnings, Alowishus Delicious hosted a big post-Christmas party and has also purchased a much-anticipated cake fridge. What would your café do if they were to win the $25,000 prize in 2019? Register today at

Vote for us for 2019.  If Alowishus wins this year we are donating $5,000 each to these two local charities:

Angels Community Group in Bundaberg and The Food Basket in Maryborough

A little bit about Angels Community Group:  Angels Community Group, a registered charity & community-based organisation, was formed in April 2015 when founding members Kerri Savidge and Sue Tasker realised the power that comes from giving people a purpose. This has been accomplished by creating a supportive environment where people experiencing a sense of loss (the loss of a loved one, a job, a relationship or even the loss of identity or life direction) are able to achieve or regain the confidence and skills necessary to lead meaningful social and economic lives through personal growth, a sense of worth, friendship and social networks, career development, productive employment and long-term financial stability.

A passionate organisation dedicated to giving back to the community, we are committed to extending our range of social enterprises and charitable projects into the future. This spirit of giving is championed by our Board, staff and volunteers and in addition to transforming lives (our own included), we wholeheartedly believe in new beginnings, broadened horizons, seizing opportunities and smashing stigmas. We also live by our motto that you help yourself by helping others!

Vote for us here


Shots Fired Outside of Local Maryborough Cafe

Upon passing through the regional town of Maryborough, I couldn’t help but notice groups of stalls lined up within the town centre. Needing a break, I pulled the car over and decided to check out what the small town had to offer and look for a good little Maryborough cafe.

The Maryborough Markets

While small, the Maryborough markets had an eclectic mix of stalls, friendly people and community atmosphere. I was in the middle of inspecting some of the local produce when out the corner of my eye, I caught a glimpse of a man who looked like he was from the 1850’s. “I must be delusional” I thought, “I need coffee”.

The smell of cooking food filled the air and my stomach started to grumble.
 Turning around and picking up my pace, I stumbled across a buzzing, charming little café called ‘Alowishus Delicious’.

Taking a seat, it didn’t take long before my coffee and meal were placed in front of me. I looked at the corn fritters like a creature about to pounce on its unsuspecting prey.


 The sound of a gun goes off and my heart leaps out of my chest. Turning my head, I realised I was in fact, not delusional and two people in 1850’s costumes were standing beside a freshly fired cannon.

After I was fed and much more alert, I decided to do some investigating. I approached the couple full to the brim with curiosity – why was it that a CANNON was just fired?! Right here, in the middle of Maryborough?

Firing of Maryborough’s Time Cannon

The woman, Carmel Murdoch, explained that the time cannon was originally discovered, buried in sand on the Torres Strait island of Mobiag Island by the Premier of Queensland, John Douglas in 1877.

Being a ‘port of entry’, Maryborough had many people that came from all over the world that were used to different time zones. Firing a cannon, at the traditional time of 1pm, would notify the workers in the fields that it was time for lunch, allow the ship’s captains to reset their chronometers before they sailed out to sea, and the rest of the township could reset their clocks.

The cannon was fired up until 1898 when there was a depression and due to the lack of funds to pay for someone to fire and to pay for the shot itself, they ceased to do it every day and only reserved it for official occasions.

In 1988, when the World Expo was coming to Brisbane, it was thought to fire the cannon at a pavilion called “communities of Australia” for tourism purposes. It was then that it was discovered that the original cannon was cast in the 1750’s by the Dutch East India Company and so a few replicas were quickly made before the original cannon was placed in the Bond Store Museum in Wharf Street where it is still to this day.

Today, a replica of the cannon is fired to pay homage to the history and heritage of Maryborough.

I slowly made my way back to the car to continue my journey and thinking about all the new discoveries I had made. A good feed for a reasonable price and a viewing of the past: now that’s what I call a bang for your buck!

When you’re in Maryborough next, make sure to visit Alowishus Delicious (Maryborough’s best-rated cafe)! If you’re fast, you can even grab a free coffee on their website here:

NEXT: Explore the Maryborough Markets

Revealed: Maryborough’s Top 5 Coffees Of The Year (Updated: 2019)

Here’s a fun fact: Coffee is the most consumed beverage on the planet. Seriously, who doesn’t love a delicious cuppa? Every country and culture has their own unique ways of preparing their perfect brew in the morning (or any time of the day, really) and every city has their personal favourites. This year has surely been an exciting year in Maryborough with some new exciting cafe additions to our CBD – Alowishus Delicious included.

Here’s our list of the top 5 most popular coffees in Maryborough for the year (back to front)

#5 – Iced Latte

With all the hot weather up here in sunny Queensland, it’s no surprise that the iced latte made it into the top 5. Best enjoyed ice cold, it’s sure to deliver your coffee hit in a cool, refreshing way. Now we know how Maryborough locals keep their cool when things get a little hot around here!

#4 – Long Black

In fourth place, the long black. No milk, just pure espresso goodness. A good long black always has a nice layer of crema on top. It ensures you taste all the goodness that’s been brewed into this delicious cup of coffee. The long black, sometimes called Americano, has always been – and probably always will be – a favourite on any coffee menu.

#3 – Latte

In third place comes the Caffe Latte, or more commonly just called “Latte”. It’s the perfect bevvy for those who like it a little more frothy, but not too frothy. It’s also the perfect choice for those who like to add a little dash of syrup to make their cup of joe, well, less average. Caramel & Hazelnut flavour were amongst the most popular choices in lattes this year.

#2 – Flat White

It was a close race. In second place and right before our top-rated Maryborough coffee comes the flat white, or “flatty”, as we like to call it. Funny enough, with neither foam nor chocolate, the flat white is pretty much the exact opposite of our top-rated coffee. It was a close race between the two and the flat white made the second place on the most-enjoyed coffee list.

And the winner is…

#1 – Cappuccino

The Cappuccino is an all-time favourite and made it to the top of best-selling coffee list in Maryborough. The extra thick layer of foam, dusted in chocolate powder makes this Italian classic the most popular choice of Maryborough locals this year.

There you have it! Maryborough’s list of most popular coffees. What’s your favourite coffee? Let us know in the comments below!

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