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The Ark Cafe in Norah Head

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by Telani Kumar (subscribe)
A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published January 16th 2017
A coastal cafe full of community spirit
Beneath the towering coastal trees of Norah Head we found The Ark, a bustling and vibrant cafe luring in locals and tourists alike. Surf town vibes fill the air along with some beautiful beachside scenery and a strong community spirit making this a great stop for a bite to eat.

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Chips & Caesar salad at The Ark


The Ark is prided in its fine Campos Coffee and selection of gourmet dishes. A brekkie menu, lunch menu, and a list of takeaway items will have you spoilt for choice. The burgers are decadent, while lighter choices like salads and platters will have you satisfied and refreshed.

The beach always makes me crave salty food - perhaps it's the salt in the air. Thus, we couldn't resist the long, crispy chips here at The Ark. A share plate of these went well with our servings of Caesar Salad, this being packed with all your favourite goodies like croutons, bacon and egg. It's quite the substantial bite to eat in itself. We were barely hungry for dinner after our feast.



One other beautiful feature of this cafe is their community spirit. A highlight for me would have to be their list of in-house rules on the back of the bathroom doors that included novelties like talking to a stranger (see here for tips on this), pulling a funny face at a child that isn't yours, and expressing your emotions just as they are.

To top off this human spirit, is their social enterprise in Madagascar that you support by simply enjoying a meal and a cuppa. This lovely endeavour also extends opportunities to help further by donating and volunteering abroad. Thinking about it now, with umbrella trees outside, a teak appearance, and splashes of tropical colour, this place does have a little Madagascar flavour going on.

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Lookout over Cabbage Tree Harbour, near The Ark.


Once you've enjoyed your experience here at The Ark, go out and explore this beautiful location, complete with a special historical icon - the Norah Head Lighthouse.
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Why? Coastal
When: 8am-5pm daily
Phone: 4393 3456
Where: Norah Head
Cost: Approx $20/head
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