Little Miss CycleStyle 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 (she actually got towed like a princess in a carriage) as part of North East Victoria’s inaugural Cycle Salute festival.
The Bright to Porepunkah segment of the rail trail is particularly popular any time of year though, as it’s a well-marked and sealed off-road trail that’s pretty much all flat and very pretty.
Enroute you’ll find 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.
The food is fairly standard cafe fare – they serve all day breakfast, toasted sandwiches, cheeseburgers, burritos and quesadillas and home-made cakes and scones.
Being a cycling cafe of course they have lots of bike racks and pumps for those who have arrived by bike! 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.
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