Across from the shops at Point Lookout is North Gorge walk. You can do part of it or the whole thing. You will want to have some supplies, say a nice cup of coffee or tea as you will be stopped for a while on the trail.
The first lookout that you come to (especially if you are early in the morning around 8 - 9:00am) holds delight. This is when the king of the surf and his wave hounds come out to play. Not just one pod, but numerous as roughly 40 dolphins frolic and dive in the waves where they live. Slowly they make their way by only to turn and come around for another go. For someone not used to seeing such a spectacle, it captures you and you can end up here for the better part of an hour, or at least until your tea goes cold.
If you catch the right season Humpbacks sail by in the distance, shooting water form their blow holes. At this time of year - August - some are heading north to have their babies while others like the two here, were heading back south. Mom and baby took the time to play in the water, fanning their tales and splashing about giving us a great show.
Make sure you bring your memory and your camera as you will want to capture this moment.
Carrying on along the trail, you will come to not one but two outcrops of rock, one on either side of the gorge; perfect vantage points as Sea Turtles and Manta Rays have been seen on calm days floating about in the waters around the gorge.
The area around the gorge has a rugged character with Pandanus and Pines, grasses and Banksias up and down the slopes. Honeyeaters, Wrens, and other birds revel in this neighbourhood. The boardwalk has been renewed recently, making it easier for people to walk. It is not for those with walking difficulties as it is not wheelchair or walker friendly. There are no stairs before the first lookout point so if you can get to this point there is a bench to rest on.
For those with strollers, it is more of a challenge but if you are feeling strong and can cart your stroller around, it is well worth the effort.
Coming during the week has a lovely quietness about it. The number of people here during school holidays can bring a certain amount of chaos so chose when you want to visit.
On the other hand it is a great family place as well.
Making your way all the way around the North Gorge walk takes you around to the Main Beach side of the gorge. With the roar of the whitecaps crashing all along the length of the beach it draws you on. This indeed is a photo finish to the walk.