Did you know that Little Munch has a new sibling called Aussie Bush Kids? Well ABK is still in its infancy and we are slowly building up a repertoire of walks, activities etc. to help get you and your kids outdoors more. It was whilst we were out doing a walk with the lads for the ABK site, that we discovered The Ark Cafe in Norah Head. It was literally next door to where we started the walk, and boy is this one kid friendly cafe!
The Ark Cafe can be found next to the Bush Street Reserve, just before you reach the famous Norah Head Lighthouse. There is quite a bit of parking to be found close to the cafe and most definitely grab your pram out of the car, as the outdoor seating area has loads of space to park it and there is also has a ramp available if you would prefer to sit inside. If you are lucky enough you might even be able to nab one of the big bean bags under the tress and then you can let your little one out to crawl or toddle around. You will find high chairs inside as well as excellent toilet facilities that contain a baby change table.
The Ark reminds of cafe that you would find in Bali. It has a laid back beach style and it is full of surfboards, surfers, eclectic art and eclectic looking artists. And of course families! As there is loads of room for us, and even a cute kids play corner with toys, blackboards and a TV. The staff are very friendly and welcoming of little humans, and they have that lovely chilled out vibe that you so often find in coastal locations.
Besides all of the other kid friendly aspects to the cafe, they have a kids menu plus loads of yummy looking cupcakes to fill the bellies of our babes. The kids meals cost $10 and the choices are either Chicken & Salad/Chips, Fish & Salad/Chips, Cheese Burger & Chips or Pancakes. At ten bucks the meals are a tad on the expensive side, but the portion sizes were pretty good (our lads shared one serve of the chicken with chips). Our dudes just drank table water whilst we were eating (there is a self help water station near the front counter), however babycinos ($2.50), hot chocolates ($4), soft drinks, juices and shakes are also available.
Adults are also very well catered for at The Ark, with excellent Campos Coffee, and a very tasty range of wraps, burgers, salads and heartier meals available on the lunch time menu. Like the kids menu, the adults menu is also on the expensive side (our lamb wrap with chips & salad was $20). They also serve an all day breakfast menu that ranges in price from about $14 - $22.50 and covers your cafe favourites such as Bircher Muesli, Corn Fritters, and French Toast.
It's worth making a pit stop to the loo before you leave the Ark Cafe so that you can take some time to read their very thoughtful house rules. The Ark has a social enterprise project happening in Madagascar where they are helping (via donations at the cafe) to provide food etc. to local communities who sadly live in slum like conditions. Clearly the owners of the cafe know how lucky they are to live and work in paradise, and as a result want to help those who don't.
If you have come all the way to Norah Head then you must wander up to the lighthouse after your meal - she is beautifully maintained and you can even have a tour inside. A wander down to the beach is also a great experience, as you can explore rock pools, or perhaps have a swim if the weather is warm enough. More details of the walk will be on Aussie Bush Kids real soon x
8 Bush St, Norah Head
02 4397 4859
Open 7 days 8am - 5pm