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Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk

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Published October 30th 2017
Spectacular Ocean Views
Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Dee Why Headland - image credit: Seafarrwide


The Awakening

She walked along the headland

The air was still only Seagulls cried

Waves spumed upon the rocks

In the distance, the sky bulged

Sooty clouds churned and rolled

Buckling with aqueous weight

She hugged herself tight

Jutting her chin in brave defiance

As a cacophonous boom shook the sky

The seagulls took hazardous flight

The atmosphere dense insistent

A rush of cool air caressed her skin

Heavens vault dragged open its rusty gate

Thundering clouds billowed and escaped

Lightning bled silver tentacles into the Sea

One droplet splashed her face spreading a dirtless trail

Then a sheet of pinging needles collided into a heavy gale

As the feral sky spewed its spite at the adamant earth

Pools of water joined together into a stream

Surging through her path washing the earth

She stood still her feet rooted awaiting her fate

The deafening downpour refused to abate

Lashing down in powerful urgency

Demanding acknowledgment, there was no mercy

But on she stood her clothes drenched her fists clenched

A cry escaped her as took in all she saw

Mesmerised by the beauty that captured her in awe.

Poem by Wendy Norman (Seafarrwide)




Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - 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.

Dee Why Beach
Dee Why Beach - image credit: Seafarrwide


Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Dee Why Beach - image credit: Seafarrwide


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.

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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.

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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.

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Looking at Curl Curl Beach - Image credit - Seafarrwide


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.

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Image credit - Seafarrwide


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.

Dee Why Headland to Curl Curl Beach Coastal Walk
Curl Curl Beach - image credit: Seafarrwide


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.

Curl Curl Beach - image Seafarrwide
Curl Curl Beach - image credit: Seafarrwide


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: https://transportnsw.info/routes#/bus

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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Your Comment
Love your poem, Wendy! Your photos are pretty spectacular too!
by Elaine (score: 3|4372) 17 days ago
I loved your photos and your poem too. Excellent article.
by May Cross (score: 2|816) 17 days ago
Thanks Kay6r, it's a fabulous walk and I love the beach :)
by Seafarrwide (score: 3|1655) 11 days ago
Great tour, thank you, Wendy. Love the "sand between toes" finale ;)
by kay6r (score: 0|6) 11 days ago
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