Our Story

GUYALA: White breasted Sea eagle

Guyala [pronounced goo-ya-la] is the local Yirrganydji word for the White Breasted Sea Eagle, and is also the name of the mountain range embracing the Southern side of Trinity Inlet.

The Yirrganydji tell stories about Guyala, the majestic white bellied sea eagle as it soars effortlessly on its two metre wings.

We acknowledge the traditional owners of the land our cafe is on, and believe language is an important key to maintaining and celebrating culture.

Inspiring, inclusive and healthy

Guyala Cafe has intentionality; in a first-of-its-kind fully accessible community centre for the not-for-profit Spinal Life Australia, the cafe acts as an integration between the broader community and the Spinal Life facility. Its intention is to be inspiring, inclusive and provide healthy sustenance for its visitors.

The result is a the beautiful fit out, thoughtful menu utilising local and indigenous ingredients, with an experienced and warm team of hospitality professionals.

Our Fearless Leader

Oliver James started making coffee at 9 years old in his Father’s NSW countryside, garden-to-plate restaurant. In 2009 Oliver opened his first cafe, Caffiend in Cairns CBD.

Since, Oliver has opened several cafe venues, currently operating Newell Street Cafe, Guyala Cafe, Tattooed Sailor Coffee Roasters, Cairns Coffee School & his hospitality consulting business.

Specialty Coffee & Innovative food

In 2013 Oliver won Cairns Barista Competition, has judged coffee & barista competitions since 2014, is certified World Barista judge and was Queensland Cup Tasters Champion for 2017.

Locally sourced ingredients with a focus on delicious flavour balance, and international culinary influence is the philosophy of our menu.

Oliver loves travelling the world to eat delicious food, visit coffee farms and judge coffee competitions, to further gain and share coffee & hospitality knowledge.

Our Coffee

Feel like a strong flat white with flavours of toasted almonds and rich caramels? A v60 of an Ethiopian natural? a smooth and balanced Doppio of fruit-driven deliciousness? Batchie, decaf, A tasting board of all the above? Your coffee experience is in good hands!