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Sometimes the best scenery comes along to surprise you when you are least expecting it. I was leading a group on a cruisy and relaxing coastal walk. After 45 minutes following the Ewos Parade, we had reached the end of the walk, but there was something luring me further on, rather than returning the way we came. I followed my instinct and found myself in a paradise called "Darook Park".
The first thing that struck me was a private residence, an old fashion brick cottage with romantic permaculture design and style, a bit like a painting from the famous American artist Thomas Kinkade, the type of residential building I'm always dreaming of claiming for my own someday. After three hours of wandering around the refuge from the busy street, my ideas popped up like bubbles, inspired by the crystal blue water and the beautiful red cloud during sunset. Here are four relaxing things that you can enjoy at Darook Park.
With an open view of the beach, Darook Park is a perfect spot for the sunset watching. You can experience the sky changing colours over the water from blue, pink, red, orange till the dark rosy red. So pack up your picnic bag with cheese, fruit and some red wine (of course) while you indulge yourself in the magic celestial colour show.
Daydreaming with a Sun Bath
White sands, blue water, perfect spot for daydreaming and sunbath
The beach at Darook Park is in the hub of the calm water of Gunnamatta Bay, so when the weather is warm, you can lie down there, having a sun bath with a book or free your mind with an energy boosting afternoon nap. It is a place where you can spoil both your body and mind.
There is a patch of flat grass on your left hand side near the Hungry Point of the park where you can put down your yoga mat and have a good stretch. After the yoga, you can also experience the organic healing of barefoot grass walking. You may be surprised at how good it feels - you just need to watch out for any sharp objects or dog poo.
Moonlight Skinny Dipping
Paul Gustave Fischer - A Morning Dip - Date c. 1916 (Wikimedia Commons)
On a full moon day, If you have moonlight skinny dipping on your bucket list, or you have that in your mind and don't know where to go, Darook Park Beach offers you a perfect shelter on a shark free summer night. So enjoy the splash under the moonlight.
Just be aware that Darook Park Beach is not suitable for nude swimming during day time.)
Barefoot Bay Walk
Leave your foot prints at the barefoot bay walk
On our way back, we didn't take the road. Instead, we took our shoes off and went down some steps beside a house on the Nicholson Parade and walked along Gunnamatta Bay while feeling the sensation of the soft sands and cold water. The short distance bay walk eventually leads back to Gunammatta Park, close to the Cronulla Ferry. On the low tide days, the deep part of water is above my knees, so please check out the tide information before you take the bay walking track.
If you prefer full-scale romance to low-key relaxation, Darook Park can accommodate you with that as well. The bay is a favourite spot for couples to tie the knot due to the tropical blue water with magnificent views. If you are dreaming of a romantic beach wedding, Darook Park might be a good choice for you. You need to make an application to the Sutherland Shire Council to reserve the area for your big day.