The Inline 4 Café may appear, at first glance, to be out of place in this series; however, as it’s licensed, I reckon that qualifies it for the series as much as any other establishment. The Inline 4 Café revolves around a motorcycle sports theme and has, in its short time of operation, managed to generate an enormous amount of interest, locally and further afield. Despite the fact that the café only opened fairly recently, it has become an almost mandatory stop for those on day trips to the area and it’s especially popular with motorcycle riders, for obvious reasons. On weekends when the weather is kind, it’s very busy, but even on weekdays it has a constant procession of customers stopping for great food and coffee.
Marcel and Sabine, who manage the Inline 4 Café have been active in bringing something different to the region and, expanding on the Inline 4 Café theme, has organised a ‘Blessing of the Bikes’ event for 4 Oct this year, prior to the start of this year’s motorcycle riding season ie, when the weather once again brings out the riders and makes the ride truly enjoyable. It should see the arrival of plenty and varied motorcycles to Mirboo North, and brings what is a European tradition to this part of Victoria, an area that is very popular with motorcycle riders. We had a tasty outdoor lunch and the Napoleone Apple Cider was something quite different, and better than any I’ve tried before.
The Stockyard Bar & Bistro in Rawson was established around 12 years ago to provide a unique bar, meals and entertainment feature to the popular area and the existing Rawson caravan and camping park, which itself was started around 30 years ago after the completion of the Thomson Dam, as explained by Chris the very amiable host. Rawson is a township that was built to service the construction of the Thomson Dam and then became a tourist hub for all sorts of outdoor activities once the dam was completed and the construction workers left. Located not far from the historic township of Walhalla, Rawson is central to many outdoor activities in the High Country.
While the bar and bistro isn’t open most of the week, when it is open, a slow night is 150 or so meals, which shows how good it is, especially when you consider how far and wide the clientele come from. Lunch most certainly was enjoyable, with no need for dinner that night. Unfortunately, since I was driving, it was just a Cascade Light for me.
That’s Part 3 completed and I have to say, it’s quite an enjoyable way to populate this blog.