Wednesday, July 24, 2024

Home and Away diner and bait shop to be demolished


It’s been the scene of several break-ups, make-ups, and even the occasional explosion.

The Boathouse Palm Beach, which was utilised for filming exterior scenes, is slated to be demolished, therefore producers of Home and Away may have to find a new location for the cafe and Alf’s Bait House.

The building’s owners, a collection of Palm Beach families, have filed proposals to the Northern Beaches Council, according to Manly Daily.

If granted, the facility would be demolished over the course of six months to make way for a brand new $4 million knock-down, “like-for-like” renovation.


The venue’s renter Andrew Goldsmith told the press, “Home and Away may have to do some pre-recording.” “Or add a dramatic element to the narrative to explain why there isn’t a bait shop.

“Could there be an explosion?” says the narrator. ”

Locals have been pushing against the redevelopment on social media, fearing it might infringe on crown property and that they may attempt to expand the car park.

Goldsmith is adamant about putting these rumours to rest.


He told the publication, “The new building has precisely the same footprint as the previous one.”

“The landlord wants to rebuild in the same weatherboard design as the original and keep the casual café atmosphere.

“The bathrooms will be larger, and the kitchen will be larger and more contemporary.

“It’s critical; the reconstruction has long been overdue. The second story is in appalling condition.”


The fictitious bait store has been a recurring character in Home and Away since its debut in 1988.

It has employed a number of high-profile fictitious workers, including Marcus Graham, who portrayed Harvey Ryan, and James Stewart, who plays Justin Morgan on the programme.

After Ray Meagher’s character, the famous Alf Stewart, suffered a heart attack, his character became the temporary manager.

There’s no news yet on how the producers will respond if the destruction goes through, although it’s possible they’ll capture outside images ahead of time.

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