Traditional Dining

We have achieved the highest possible food standard (A-grade) measured by the NSW Food Authority. We take pride in maintaining a very high standard of food preparation, catering services and kitchen facilities. Our residents enjoy a wide variety of fresh food from the Croatian influenced menu.

Home style traditional Croatian Cuisine cooking freshly prepared cooked daily by our experienced staff who have received top scores by NSW Food Authority each year.

We are aware that great dining experience is not only about high quality food, but also attentive service and a pleasant atmosphere.

We cater for residents who have other dietary requirements, diabetics, low salt, and low fat as well as those who have swallowing difficulties.

Our residents are involved in the creation of the menu and a qualified dietitian reviews it to ensure that the meals are nutritious and tasty. Menu is changed every six months the Autumn/Winter and the Spring/Summer.

For breakfast residents are offered:

  • Hot or cold cereals
  • Bread, whole meal, white or toast
  • Cheese, jam, cold cuts, bacon and eggs, poached eggs, scrambled eggs, French toast, prunes

For Lunch residents have 3 choices every day:

  • Soups over (20 varieties)
  • Roast meats( pork, chicken, lamb, turkey, beef)
  • Casseroles (beans with smoked ribs, fresh beans, cabbage, leak. Sauerkraut & smoked ribs)
  • Fish dishes ( marinara, fillets, gradele, whiting, squid, prawns)
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Pasta dishes
  • Steamed vegetables
  • Salads ( green, mix, beetroot, cucumber & tomato, cabbage)
  • Assorted sandwiches
  • Dessert ( freshly baked cakes, penna cotta, backed custard, crème brulle, pancakes, apple strudel, cherry strudel, stewed fruit, yogurt
  • Fresh Fruit

Evening meals

  • Soup
  • Hot dish
  • Assorted sandwiches
  • Fruit/ yoghurt

Morning and Afternoon tea/Coffee are served as well as Supper later in the evening; sandwiches yogurt, warm milk

Although we are a small nation our dishes vary from region to region, we have a program where residents express their desire for a particular dish, if able together with an activities officer the dish is prepared for the guest of the day (res. up to 70 in the hall, those not able to attend samples are taken to them). After tasting a vote is taken if popular the dish is then recommended to be added to the general menu.

Every Wednesday Morning guests are invited to join our residents in the Hall where

Cappuccino, Croatian short black coffee/ tea are served with and freshly baked cakes.

Our Hospitality staff prepare traditional festive food for special occasions, Christmas, Easter, Australia Day, Stepinac day, Masquerade, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, SinjskaAlka, Melbourne Cup day etc. Residents are encouraged to invite friends and families to join us for the celebrations.

Life Style & Activities

At Cardinal Stepinac Village residents are encouraged to engage in activities of their choice.

Our Activity officers are trained to assist and encourage residents to engage in creative projects in which they can show their skills. Residents are encouraged throughout the year to work on projects which are then displayed in the annual Arts and Craft Show. We have spacious gardens with many interesting features ranging from statues of well-known saints to live birds, chickens, dog, and rabbit. In our gardens we have fruit trees, vegetable gardens and many flowering shrubs and flower beds to admire.

CSV resident gardeners plant seasonal flowers for our many balconies, and participate in an annual Flower Show.Volunteers from the community contribute in enriching the life of our residents.

Cardinal Stepinac Village lifestyle and activities are uniquely developed to provide a ‘’country town’ atmosphere.

The annual CVS Activities calendar is based on the daily, weekly, monthly and yearly life cycle in our lives.

CSV activities are grouped into five categories:

  • Cultural practices and events
  • Religious practices and customs
  • Gardening and horticultural activities
  • Mainstream activities
  • Community events

All residents and their families are welcome to join in and participate in any activities they like.

Shopping trips, outings to clubs and places of interest and the very popular village hall activities keep us all very busy.

Please check out our gallery section for photo moments of our village life and activities.

Pastoral and spiritual care

Our residents have pastoral and spiritual care from the Franciscan Fathers and Religious Sisters (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)visit each resident individually, conduct prayer groups, bible reading, attend those dying, and provide counselling and grief support to residents, families and staff. In the Nursing Home and the Hostel we have weekly mass in Croatian.

We are next door to St. Nikola’s Croatian Catholic church enabling our able residents to attend the services there.

Hotel Services

Cleaning of our facility is undertaken a by group of dedicated and qualified people. Please visit and compare.

Maintenance of all of our equipment, buildings, grounds and all village property is undertaken by a dedicated team of maintenance men from various trades and experiences.

Laundering for 144 residents is undertaken daily in our refurbished modern laundry. Our staff know how upsetting it can be to loose that ‘sock’ and we have invented our own loss proof washing sachels.

Administration staff and financial services staff are multilingual and friendly able to assist in those sometimes confusing moments.


Safety of Cardinal Stepinac Village residents, staff and visitors is our primary objective.

Cardinal Stepinac Village is fully protected by a Fire Sprinkler System and modern fire safety equipment which is appropriately maintained.

Emergency call systems, non slip flooring, safety railing and other residents assist features add to their safety and daily lifestyle.

Regular maintenance and safety inspections of the village grounds, buildings and equipment are undertaken. Electrical appliance safety checking and tagging is performed.

Staff education and training in safety measures is provided to maintain high standards of safety and care.

Cardinal Stepinac Village is different. We enjoy aged care and our village ambiance. It gives us all a sense of family and purpose and something to look forward to every day.

Please come and visit us.

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