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Published December 21st 2014
A swim without the wind and the waves
I have never been a massive fan of the beach; the wind gives me earache and one too many dunkings has left me slightly scared of the white wash. Luckily my two besties dragged me to Currimundi Lake just North of Dicky Beach on the Sunshine Coast, where I have rekindled my love for salty water and bright yellow sand.
Where this gorgeous lake meets the ocean is a wonderful inlet that is perfect for anyone who loves a day in the sun, minus the dumping waves. The changing currents and tides have created a lake-like body of water, sheltered from the wind and crashing waves perfect for our enjoyment.
The water is extremely shallow for the most part, which allows young kids to splash about without the fear of large waves and deep water. During the holidays you can be sure the shoreline will be filled with doting parents watching their gorgeous kiddies play in the shallow and families pushing babies around on inflatable sea creatures.
The natural currents have also caused a mini-sized dune for the little adventurers who want to try their hand at sand tobogganing.
Currimundi Lake: See the tiny sand dune in the back?
However the natural venue isn't just for kids, and me and my 20 buddies enjoyed our time there as much as the floaty-clad kids nearby. Due to our longer legs we were able to wander into the middle of the inlet and lie on a slightly immersed sandbank to catch up on gossip and soak in the sun's rays. The shallow water meant that our torsos and legs remained immersed in the salty water whilst our heads were above the surface allowing us to continue talking. The shallow water also meant that taking a dip was like having a pleasant bath and although I would normally have to exit the water to warm up after about 20mins, we were able to stay water-logged for hours.
Of course not all of us are keen to spend all day laying in the sand, which is why it is so good that the inlet runs straight out onto the beach where our more conventional beach lovers can enjoy the surf.