You don’t have to be a bikie to appreciate a big fat shiny motor bike. In Australia it is a known fact that the most beautiful tourist routes are frequented by dedicated bikers and their splendid machines. So if you are seeking a leisurely weekend drive up north to the Hunter Valley, you should consider enjoying a slower, more scenic route via the Old Pacific Highway (B83) and George Downes Drive (Route 33).
You’ll soon find yourself driving along the top of some of the most scenic ridges in New South Wales and amongst rainforests, followed by the agricultural high plains of the Peats Ridge and Mangrove Mountain area. Of what traffic there is, most are there to enjoy the journey, sharing the road primarily with weekend motorcycle enthusiasts roaring past you on their impressive motorbikes.
No scenic drive would be without a worthwhile pit-stop. Two must-try cafes are Pie in the Sky and Jerrys Cafe:
The Pie in the Sky Café is just outside of Cowan on the B83, between Berowra and Brooklyn and the Mooney Mooney waterways. You virtually sit on top of the world overlooking the Kuringai National Park, surrounded by shiny motor bikes, their leather clad owners and the sumptuous smell of crunchy well baked pies.
Jerry’s Gourmet Kitchen & Café, in the Peats Ridge/Mangrove mountain area on George Downes Drive, heading towards Wollombi and Cessnock Tourist Drive 33. Delicious home baked cakes, elaborate hamburgers, excellent coffee and the hustle and bustle of the bikers arrivals and departures, admiring their pride and joy and sharing tales with fellow riders. Here you also have something for the ladies – an unexpected little gift shop offering an amazing range of unique giftware. Far more interesting than the predictable items often found in your typical tourist gift shop.