When you’re out on a ride, you inevitably end up at a pub or café/ restaurant some place where you can relax for a bit before hitting the road again and continue your journey.
Some of these places have live music, like the Hotel Brunswick, while others, like the Tumbulgum Tavern have nice views of a river, beach or valley.
Mooball is nothing like that, it has neither a live band, nor a nice view: It does lie on one of the best riding roads in the area though, the Tweed Valley Way, which crosses the Burringbar Range.
This in itself is worth the visit.
As most small towns go, the locals have had to find ways of enticing passing traffic to stop and look around. It’s obvious they have a wicked sense of humour too, because they’ve played with the town name and embraced… err… cows.
I mean how many towns do you know of where all the locals get together and paint buildings, telegraph poles, kids play equipment and anything else they can lay their hands on, to resemble Friesian cows?
It’s black and white everywhere you look!
The town is also the home of the biggest Yamaha YZR500 I’ve ever seen.
The replica has been modeled after the bike Wayne Rainey raced in 1993 and stands 2m (8 feet) high to the seat.
Ok, so you can’t ride it but it is impressive.
It lives right across the road from the Moo Moo Roadhouse right on the main drag through town.
The Moo Moo isn’t real flash to look at, it’s not meant to be.
It’s been geared towards bikers and hot-rod enthusiasts, and has a real retro feel to it.
Inside the Roadhouse there are displays of vintage and classic motorcycles and motoring memorabilia, right down to an old Golden Fleece petrol pump.
I haven’t seen a Golden Fleece petrol station since the mid ’80’s: It was at the top of Bulli Pass* near Woolongong* NSW as I recall.
Anyone else remember that one?
It’s funny because when I was a young bloke – oh, maybe two or three years ago now – I always used to wonder why they called it Golden Fleece.
Was it because they took their name from Greek mythology, or was it because they charged so much for their fuel?
Either way, the company was swallowed up by Caltex in 1981 and the famous Golden Fleece Ram logo disappeared from the Australian landscape forever soon after.
The Roadhouse has the usual selection of soft drinks and ice creams, but it’s not until you look at the menu that you realise just how biker centric this place is, with burgers and other meals named after bike brands and models.
There’s a selection of burgers and chips, meat pies, sandwiches and even salads on offer for the health conscious.
To be honest I prefer to eat light when I’m out riding. Heavy meals like burgers and such tend to make me drowsy. If I’m a passenger though; show me the steak menu and what was that sauce?
Alas, on this occasion I ordered a Caesar salad. My nutritionist would be pleased…
Most places you got to for a meal give you just enough on your plate to stir the worms in your belly, and charge you an arm and a leg for the privilege.
This wasn’t the case with the salad I’d ordered. It was huge. I had trouble finishing it.
The Roadhouse is right next door to the old Mooball Speed shop where most of the bikes and cars are on display. There’s even a belly tank racer in the mix, something I’d never seen up close before.
Just quietly I kinda like the logo on the side of the thing.
Who says you have to grow old gracefully 😉
- Bulli Pass: Pronounced Bull-eye
- Woolongong: Pronounced… er… like this
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