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Michael's Walk, Budgewoi Beach

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by Anne Dignam (subscribe)
I am a amateur freelance writer from Sydney. My passion is Aboriginal history, Australia and its unusual places. My aim is to share my knowledge to better your experience. Thank you
Published December 4th 2013
Superb ocean views and shoreline surprises at Budgewoi Beach
Michael's Walk, starts at the end of the Weemala Street, where you will find a lovely boardwalk circuit leading you to Budgewoi beach.

Beautiful forest area walk

Enjoy a leisurely walk, through this beautiful boardwalk circuit, be amazed by such lush vegetation of twisted sunlight grabbing tea trees (also known as paper bark trees) and metaluca (gum trees).

Steps to viewing platform at Budgewoi Beach

Heading towards the stairs, is cicada area, so it can get a bit ear piercing at times. Once, at the crest of the sand dune and there is a boarded lookout of the untouched Budgewoi Beach and ocean.

Northerly view from viewing platform at Budgewoi Beach

Many kite surf and the flagged area is at the southern end; we were at the the northern end, and there were loads of rips, so no swimming or thought of going in was in mind. Norah Head Lighthouse is at the southern point built in 1903, with many wreck vessels in its vicinity. Budgewoi, was named in 1868 with the aboriginal word meaning "Meetings of two waters" I can assure you this area certainly lives up to its name.

South view from Platform looking toward Norah Head Lighthouse

The beach was amazing, at our time of visiting we came across so many dead birds, obviously migrating, or the like and ran out of puff, with the storms they have washed ashore.

Nature's mishaps, birds washed up on shore

Some were buried, some weren't and an entire stretch was like a bird graveyard. As grose as that sounds, it was quite interesting because apart from the birds, it was a pristine clean beach, at the circuit area we did.

An unknown fruit washed up

Shells were of great interest. The smoothness of these shells in this area were amazing, pumic stones with pippies growing off them up on the shore, skipping stones of fantastic size and heaps of cuttlesfish washed up in the tide. Skelton remains of birds and fish.

Steep sand dune with richer sands

The ecosystem in this area is amazing. The hills are steep and of different sand texture, almost a black thick sticky sand, that digs in. I was amazed at the beauty of this area, an island to the left of us with the rips and waves crashing and backlashing together were too fantastic to remember to take a photo. We spent two hours here and I could have done longer.

Unfortunately no swimming Northern End

Finish the walk by heading down the beach and along the next entrance, not so steep, along the road, or along a further boardwalk, with Australian native fauna brushing your path.

Boardwalk through native fauna, lizards are found sunbaking on this sectin of boardwalk

It's a well designed, maintained and highly recommended walk.

Please take a spray jacket, the beach is extremely windy at times and sunscreen is a must.

You may do the walk either way, but may I suggest the northern end first as the sand dunes are steeper that direction.
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Where: Michael's Walk, Beach Circuit Walk, Budgewoi Beach
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