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Holiday Season Hours & Menus

January and February Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm

Please note that Café Burrinja will run on a limited kitchen menu during December, January and February, but will still be serving great cakes, coffees and simple savoury dishes, along with bar service. 

The Café opens itself up to the gardens and parkland, with table service to the fully licensed outside areas making it the perfect place to soak up some sun while enjoying a drink or meal.

Cafe Burrinja now also offers free WiFi!

For Cafe Bookings please call 9754 4771
Pre-show dinner and function bookings are ‘on hold’ until further notice in early 2016. If you have inquiries about those bookings please contact Toni Kirk, Venue Manager at Burrinja.

Changes at Café Burrinja from March 2016: Expressions of Interest.

Our current Café operating agreement is concluding in early 2016, and Burrinja is exploring new options and opportunities for this venue in the cultural hub of the Dandenong Ranges.

Burrinja is seeking initial discussion and Expressions of Interest from suitable persons, businesses or ‘for-purpose’ / social enterprises to enter into an Agreement to operate an enterprise or business in the current Burrinja Café site.

Burrinja is open to considering various proposals and models of operation for the space and its facilities. While Burrinja is keen to ensure that a level of hospitality service to its patrons continues, proposals may or may not include café, catering or hospitality as their core purpose, as two or more different uses or models could operate concurrently, including catering.

Our Music Program will continue, but depending on the outcome of the EOI may utilise other venues in Burrinja such as our intimate 120 seat Black Box Studio space.

Possible site usage examples include but are not limited to:

o    Café – either as currently operated or a different model
o    Arts Studios or Production – performance/ visual/ dance / other
o    Catering – to Burrinja and / or externally (as a part of the model mix utilising Kitchen facilities)
o    Social Enterprise and / or Training – either in hospitality/ arts/ other related
o    Arts Business – various
o    Public Venue – for various creative enterprises

Aims: Burrinja’s key aim for all of its activities and spaces is that they contribute to the Centre’s Vision: Building Community through Art, and to the strategic goals of ‘Making Great Arts & Culture’ and ‘Community Engagement’.  

Timing: This opportunity is available from early 2016, with a minimum contract term of 2 years, up to 3 years.

Process: The Expression of Interest process is a preliminary indicator of interest and suitability only.  All interested respondents must first seek further information and enter into a discussion regarding their proposal with either Burrinja’s Executive Director or Venue Manager.

A full EOI document is available on request outlining site details, information about Burrinja and patronage, different models and considerations – including financial, along with required EOI Responses and Information.

Contact: either Ross Farnell, Executive Director or Toni Kirk, Venue Manager on 9754 8723 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  


Live Music at Café Burrinja

Burrinja’s 15 year commitment to presenting great music nights has continued through 2015, including some of the regulars such as the Mountain Pickers  and Burrinja Blues and Roots!

The Sunday Afternoon Cafe Series

Sunday afternoon music returned to Cafe Burrinja in 2015 from 2pm - 4pm on the last Sundays of the month.

Check out the What's On - Music page for full details.

Café Burrinja Gallery

Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan & Katherine Reynolds: Mimicry -collage series.
Mimicry is the result of a collaboration between local artists Jessie Yvette Journoud-Ryan & Katherine Reynolds' visual interpretations of mimicry, imitation and camouflage.
In their new collaborative collage series they explore patterns, repetition and colour creating collages that continue to reveal themselves the more you look at them.

Hire the Café

Café Burrinja is a great fully licensed venue for birthdays, anniversaries, conference dinners or to relax with a glass of wine after your workshop or meeting.

Able to seat up to 80 people, the space is perfect for that special function or celebration with a delicious difference. A warm, welcoming environment with table seating and comfy lounges, the café also serves as an art gallery, adding an extra element of enjoyment for your guests.

Café Burrinja can provide onsite catering and can host a diverse range of events including music nights, gala events and community meetings.

To enquire about hiring the Café, please contact Toni Kirk, Venue Operations Manager at Burrinja, via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or 9754 8723.

To register your Cafe event details please click here.

Functions and Catering

Café Burrinja can cater for all types of functions, from simple finger food up to wonderful warming dinners.

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Cnr Glenfern Road and Matson Dr, Upwey, VIC
Tel: 9754 8723. Burrinja: Tues–Sun 10am – 4pm,
Café Burrinja: Tues – Sun 11am – 3pm