The Big Marley Trail is the perfect track for family with young children. It is a grade 2 track with some gentle hill section and occasional steps. Autumn is a great season for bush walking, the weather is not ridiculously hot and it is not too cold with gusty winds.
This 8 km return track follows the fire trail from Bundeena Drive to the Marley Head lookout, showcasing spectacular coastal sandstone escarpment vistas and golden beaches below.
My four-year-old son walked most of the track on his own at his leisurely pace, jumping puddles collected from the running stream, picking up rocks and throwing them into the bush and heath.
For the bird lovers, look out for the Spotted Paradalote – a distinctly bright yellow breasted bird, so tiny and swift swooping across the track weaving in and out of the trees.
About midway to the Marley Lookout on your left, through the tree branches and above the heath, you can make out the hazy city skyline in the distance on the other side of the Port Hacking.
Just a little further, subtly climbing up an incline, the horizon widens and the expanse of the pacific ocean appears miraculously and a jolt of excitement invigorates you to rush to the destination to soak in the view – well rewarded after walking 4km.