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Published March 20th 2018
Walk this way: explore easy walking tracks around Pittwater
Walking trails criss-cross the pointy end of the peninsula and now the cooler weather is coming, it's great to get out in the refreshing autumnal air. But we're not all super-fit and able-bodied, so my list finds the scenic and simple walks to do for the rest of us. There are no hills to climb, no steps to navigate, so amble along and enjoy the scenery. And the bonus is you don't have to do the entire length of them: there are stopping off points, seats, or nearby parking so it's easy to just do a portion.
Mona Vale - Bayview - Church Point The scenic views across beautiful Pittwater make this one of my favourites. The footpath traces the shoreline, is well-formed and shady in parts. There are several seats and a couple of coffee shops along the length of it. Ferries putter by, dinghies bob along the shoreline and the million-dollar mansions at your back give you plenty to talk about. Park at either Church Point historic wharf, the Flying Fox café near Winnererremy Bay, Eric Green Drive, Mona Vale, or halfway along is The Quays Marina café.
It's about 8km to do the entire loop, but fortunately, it's possible to do shorter sections. The well-formed trail is shady, there are seats available for rest stops, but the main coffee shops are along the east side near Narrabeen shops. Park in the public carpark near the shops on Pittwater Road, near the Narrabeen Sports Centre or Bilarong Reserve off Wakehurst Parkway. There are shady picnic tables, barbeques, and toilet blocks.
Pelican Path, Narrabeen This is a lovely short walk from the mouth of Narrabeen Lagoon in Ocean Street, around its northern shores to Pittwater Road. Park in Lake Park Road, where you'll find a coffee shop, playground, some shady spots to sit and watch the pelicans or the ever-hopeful people throwing a line in. A toilet block is nearby at North Narrabeen Surf Club and pool.
Warriewood Wetlands Start at Katoa Close, Warriewood or nearby Warriewood Shopping Centre in Jacksons Road. The path is a mixture of boardwalk, concrete and well-formed dirt. There are a few seats along the way and it's mostly shady. The surrounding wetlands are flush with birdlife and their cacophony will soon drown out any nearby traffic noise. A bus stops along Garden Street near Katoa Close, and nearby there's a small reserve with barbeques, playground and picnic tables.
Long Reef Headland There is a gentle slope from the parking near Long Reef Golf Club to the tip of the headland, but a wide concrete path makes it more accessible for the elderly or wheelchairs. Turn off Anzac Avenue into Seaview Parade and drive to the road's end past the Golf Club. There are seats here with fantastic views north over the aquatic reserve, so if the walk is too much, it's still lovely to watch the windsurfers and kayakers that launch from the small beach area. Coffee, meals and toilets are available inside the golf club.
Curl Curl Lagoon Walk The indigenous people who inhabited this area called it curial curial meaning river of life. This swampland has been reclaimed and rehabilitated to make for a very pretty leisurely stroll. The 3km loop runs from Harbord Road to Carrington Pde via John Fisher Park. Sections are wheelchair accessible but not the full loop. There are barbeques, playground, parking and toilet amenities nearby. Check out the map here for a more detailed description.
Manly Lagoon Walk Being so close to the Esplanade at Manly and being an off-leash dog-park means parking can be difficult on weekends, but it's still a lovely stroll. The path borders Manly Lagoon Park, Hinkler Reserve and Aitken Reserve. The entrance to the lagoon is at the northern end of Manly's Esplanade, so if you're up for it, just cross the road near Queenscliff Surf Club to continue south towards Manly main beach. There's a coffee shop on the corner and amenities in the surf club. Park on Cameron Avenue or along the beach front.