Our food and coffee not only tastes good – it does good. Support us and you support our community.
Botanic Cafe on the Lake is an initiative of not-for-profit organisation genU, formerly known as Karingal St Laurence.
We're an accredited social enterprise kick-starting the careers of people with a disability. This means we are 100% about quality, service and community.
We're also one of our region's top ten cafes on TripAdvisor!
With a proud history of more than 40 years in the region, we are one of the most popular destinations for locals and tourists. Our location, overlooking the lake and nestled among the Botanic Gardens, is second to none.
Colac Shire Council leases the building to genU, and we work our magic by aiming to provide you – our customer – with an experience that is so good, you'll keep coming back and tell others.
Behind every coffee, every soup, every salad, is a proud supported employee doing their best to deliver you a positive Botanic Cafe on the Lake experience.
Botanic Café on the Lake recruits, trains and supports people with a mental or physical disability to develop new skills, earn an income and be as independent as possible while enjoying the benefits of meaningful employment.
“Perfect place for a meal or a bite. My favorite place in Colac. Located at the Botanic gardens it is perfect for mums with energetic kids. Beautiful surrounds and a great playground. Highly recommend.”
TRIPADVISOR, NOV 2017
TRIPADVISOR, OCT 2017
“A perfect place to have a coffee or a glass of wine and take in the magnificence of Colac Botanic Gardens.”
TRIPADVISOR, APR 2017
“Wonderfuly unpretentious and welcoming. Such a little coffee house treasure with wonderful local staff, good coffee, lovely chocolate Florentines that give the impression they are hand made and in the fabulous surrounds of the garden.”