If there’s a heaven for me, I’m sure it has a beach attached to it.~Jimmy Buffett
We often “build” our trips around destinations where friends and family live. Sydney, Australia is no exception.
For the past 3 weeks, we’ve stayed with dear friends who live in the Northern Beaches area, outside Sydney. This area extends from Broken Bay in the north to Port Jackson (Sydney Harbor) in the south. Walking and cycling trails border these beaches, famous for their surf and pristine waters. Some beaches are nestled within parks and at least one of them is adjacent to a golf course.
When our friends offer to take us to their favorite beaches, we’re always eager to go. Every one is unique. Here are some of my favorites:
Curl Curl Beach
The sandstone cliffs at Curl Curl Beach are breathtaking. We came for a visit right before sunset. The coloration of the sand was as striking as the evening sky.
Here’s another shot of the beach and evening sky at Curl Curl. In the distance you can see the town of Manly, built into surrounding hills–another dominant feature of this terrain.
On another day, we hiked up the hills at Long Reef, tucked in between nature reserves. It also adjoins Long Reef Golf Club. I love the undulations in the coves and inlets.
Balgowlah to Manly Beach Bush Walk
This walk took us through some dense brush, which opened suddenly to beautiful vistas of the harbor, bays and inlets. The full coastal walk is 10km (6.2 miles), but it’s possible to hike shorter sections.
In some places the brush was scorched by fire, but here you can see the first patches of green as the scrub regenerates. In the distance, through the brush, you can see flashes of the harbor.
Dee Why Beach
To go out with the setting sun on an empty beach is to truly embrace your solitude.~Jeanne Moreau
Two weeks ago, we caught a rare foggy day at Dee Why Beach. A woman walking along the shore seemed to appear out of the mist.
My life is like a stroll on the beach… as near to the edge as I can go. ~Thoreau
One afternoon, we walked to Sydney’s most northern point–Barrenjoey Head, which is 91m (299 feet) above sea level. We climbed a steep path with stunning views of Broken Bay and Pittwater.
Next week, we’ll say goodbye to our friends and head south to explore another province and another city. Melbourne, the coastal capital of Victoria, is a city of 4.4 million people, famous for its cultural life, innovative cuisine, and international flare. Sounds good to me!
A special thanks to Amy for this week’s Lens Artist Photo Challenge #27, My Travels. Wishing you a great start to the new year and an inspiring week.