Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk

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Posted 2017-10-31 by Seafarrwide follow

The AwakeningShe walked along the headland The air was still only Seagulls criedWaves spumed upon the rocksIn the distance, the sky bulged Sooty clouds churned and rolled Buckling with aqueous weight She hugged herself tightJutting her chin in brave defianceAs a cacophonous boom shook the skyThe seagulls took hazardous flightThe atmosphere dense insistent A rush of cool air caressed her skinHeavens vault dragged open its rusty gateThundering clouds billowed and escapedLightning bled silver tentacles into the SeaOne droplet splashed her face spreading a dirtless trailThen a sheet of pinging needles collided into a heavy galeAs the feral sky spewed its spite at the adamant earth Pools of water joined together into a streamSurging through her path washing the earthShe stood still her feet rooted awaiting her fateThe deafening downpour refused to abateLashing down in powerful urgencyDemanding acknowledgment, there was no mercyBut on she stood her clothes drenched her fists clenchedA cry escaped her as took in all she sawMesmerised by the beauty that captured her in awe.Poem by Wendy Norman (Seafarrwide)

I find that I am my most creative when I go walking. I will often work out a poem in my head and have to jot some words down on my iPhone to finish later. There is something about being outdoors in nature that heals and energises me. To smell the fresh sea air or inhale the native bush scents while taking in a spectacular view, really makes my day. Australia has so many picturesque harbour, coastal and bush walks. I live locally to Dee Why Beach. This stunning beach stretches between Curl Curl to Long Reef. Not only is it a spectacular stretch of sand, it also contains some of the best cafes, restaurants and bars on the Northern Beaches. Additionally, it is a favourite area for avid walkers, either on the beach or along the coastal walking trails.

Recently I decided to explore Dee Why Headland and wasn't disappointed. Dee Why was once a traditional land inhabited by Indigenous clans such as the Kuringgai. These people were skilled hunter-fisher- gatherers that dwelled along the coastlines stemming North of Sydney Harbour to as far as the Central Coast of New South Wales. The Dee Why lagoon and coastal headland areas offered the perfect hunting and fishing locations which you will discover on the coastal walk.

I commenced the walk at the beach end of Pacific Parade in the Dee Why Cliff Reserve. You can park at Dee Why point and walk 20 metres up to the top of the point to the reserve.

Walk to the end of the reserve and you will see the trail entrance. The path meanders along a formed sandy path then up and down a few natural stone steps. Soon the path comes out below residential houses. Here you can look back at a spectacular ocean view that stretches far north.

In each direction the view is mesmerising. Before you, is a glittering ocean hemmed by interesting rock formations jutting out over the sea.

The rugged sandstone cliffs are not only a photographer's dream but a haven for seabirds and other creatures.

You will come across a rocky ledge area, which is known as Gahnia Lookout. More spectacular views high above the ocean rock ledges.

You can find beauty everywhere you look, even growing out of the dense rock formations.

Whether a sunny day or stormy, it really is breathtaking being so high up looking over the stunning coastline.

Further along the path, you will get a glimpse Curl Curl Beach in the distance.

Eventually, you will come Tea Tree Lookout where you can sit down and enjoy the view. Further on, you will come across a large bush and rock ledge area known as Rulinga Lookout. More stunning views over the rock ledges and Curl Curl Beach.

The path weaves through more bushland, where you can either make your way down to the back of North Curl Curl Surfclub or down the cliff stairway that leads down to the beach.

Once at Curl Curl beach, you will find the surf club toilets, showers and a kiosk. If you parked at Dee Why Beach, you can easily walk along the roadway back up the hill to your car which is only around 20 minutes and easier than going back through the bush trail. Or catch a bus back to Dee Why or Manly depending where and how you travelled to the start of your walk.

Ideally, if the sun is out and you packed your swimmers, it is now the opportunity for a refreshing swim and much earned rest.

Walking trail details:

Trail: medium intensity (formed trail, several natural stone steps up and down a few short steep areas)
Length: 1.6km one way
Time: 45 minutes
Fitness level: easy to medium depending on your speed.
Mobile cell reception: yes
Seats: minimal
Toilets: Dee Why Headland rockpool club toilets or North Curl Curl Surf Club
Public Transport:

By Car: Park at the public car park at the Dee Why Headland off Oaks or Pacific Parade. There is also plenty of parking at the rear of the North Dee Why Surfclub but then you need to walk along the strand up to the Dee Why Headland. Residents and ratepayers displaying a Northern Beaches council beach parking permit have free all day parking.

By Bus:

If coming from Manly wharf by bus, you can catch a 130 at Belgrave street which is just across the road from Manly Wharf opposite the Police Station.

If coming from Chatswood station, you can catch a 136 bus and get off outside Beach Burrito Restaurant in Dee Why then walk across the road up Pacific Parade to the beach end, where you will see a small grass area. At the far end of the grass area is the trail entrance.

For more details on Dee Why Headland and a map showing the route, click this link to the Northern Beaches Council website

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