- pram access (and bike access/parking);
- high chairs;
- disabled toilets with change table;
- toys, books, sandpit, padded playpen;
- kids menu; and
- standard menu suitable for kids.
Lady AB and I recently went on a leisurely 6km bike ride from Bright to Porepunkah on the Murray to Mountains Rail Trail in North East Victoria (Lady AB actually got towed like a princess in a carriage). In both Bright and Porepunkah we discovered a few family-friendly dining out gems that I’ll be sharing with you over the next few weeks.
First up is the Rail Trail Cafe, a licensed cafe which, as its name suggests, is situated right on the rail trail so you can’t miss it. It’s one of the few cafes in tiny Porepunkah.
We stopped there for morning tea – a mini muffin ($2.50) and babycino ($1) for Lady AB and a fluffy scone with jam and cream for me ($4.50). The food is fairly standard cafe fare – they serve all day breakfast, toasted sandwiches, cheeseburgers, burritos and quesadillas and home-made cakes and scones. All of the menu is kid-friendly though they do have a few special items just for little people such as a cheese quesadilla, lasagna and grilled chicken strips.
They also have other excellent facilities for families – numerous high chairs, a change table in the toilet, plenty of room for kids to run around and best of all, a large sandpit with lots of toys as well as a padded playpen under the trees. Lady AB liked the sandpit so much I had to drag her away to continue the rest of our bike ride.
Being a cycling cafe of course they have lots of bike racks and pumps for those who have arrived by bike! And this Sunday 27 October Rail Trail Cafe are hosting Roll Up! Dress Up! Ride Up! as part of North East Victoria’s inaugural Cycle Salute festival. Every child who comes in costume or with a decorated bike receives a free babycino :)
Rail Trail Cafe, 2 Service St, Porepunkah 0428 359 884
8am-4:30pm Thursday-Sunday and EVERYDAY on SCHOOL/PUBLIC HOLIDAYS exc. Christmas Day (Closed July 15 -> Sep 20 2013). Also open every day during Bright Spring Festival and Cycle Salute 18 October – 5 November