In 1885, Thomas Proudfoot applied for a jetty licence near the river mouth with the intention to establish a boating business. In 1900, shortly after the boathouse was built, Thomas died suddenly at the age of 44, leaving behind his wife Catherine and their two children, Ivy and Bruce.
Catherine continued to operate the boathouse tearooms and accommodation for over 30 years, before transferring the licence to her son Bruce.
In 1939, the licence was then transferred to Thomas’ granddaughter Ena Hunt, who operated with the business with her husband under the name Hunts Boathouse until 1979.
During the 1980s, the licence was held by the Wearne family, before the Warrnambool City Council purchased the building in the 1990s. Restoration works were ordered and an additional building was added to house rowing facilities and a function room.
Today, Proudfoots Boathouse is one of the most historic and recognisable buildings in the Warrnambool region and is known for it’s unique dining experience as Proudfoots By The River Café and Restaurant.
Contact the team at Proudfoots by the River
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Wednesday 9am - late
Thursday 9am - late
Friday 9am - late
Saturday 9am - late
Sunday 9am - 3pm
All Day Menu (9am-3pm)
Dinner Menu (6pm-8pm)