Last weekend we had the chance to do a ride that has been very high on my ride list since I got my Vespa. I’ve always loved Spring Creek Mountain. There’s an awesome cafe at the top that has the most amazing view and makes you feel as though you are on top of the world. It’s a bonus that the ride to get there is so picturesque.
I’ve been up the mountain a few times before. A handful of times in the car with hubby behind the wheel and once as a pillion passenger on the back of my uncle’s BMW bike many moons ago. I have to say I enjoyed the road more on a bike even as a passenger so I was very excited to be riding it myself.
The road is very narrow in parts and has many twists and turns that keep you on your toes. Some sections are passable by one car only with signs indicating to give way at various points.
There are many look outs along the way and places to stop and enjoy the scenery. There was a lot of smoky haze about on the day we ventured up there but the scenery was breathtaking none the less. I’m keen to return again on a clear day. The cafe didn’t fail to disappoint me and was as lovely as I remembered. The food was delicious and it was nice to just sit back and relax.
The trip back down the mountain was interesting with hubby losing his back brakes. It made for a slow & very steady ride down. Luckily he still had his front ones. Our modern Vespas are automatic so not being able to use gears in situations like these was something that hubby was not used to. We are not sure whether they overheated or they were low on brake fluid and sucked in some air. The jury is still out on that one. In any case they did eventually start working again. I think I would have panicked if this had happened to me. Being the beginner that I am, I would like to have a bit more riding experience up my sleeve before I’m faced with a challenge like that.
However you decide to get up the mountain, it’s well worth the trip. Enjoy the scenery, breathe the fresh air and just take a moment. Be sure to book ahead if you are going to the cafe for lunch as it does get extremely busy. There are also cottages if you are wanting to turn the ride into a getaway. We hope to do that one day soon.
Check the cafe & cottages out here – http://springcreekcottages.com.au
If we weren’t on a time curfew we would have continued on to Queen Mary Falls. Just another excuse to go again 😉