Hi there! I'm Lisa, a 24-year-old Psychology student from Germany. I live in Sydney now to finish my Masters. Being new to the city, I love to get around and share my impressions with you. Hope you enjoy reading my stuff :)!
Published May 3rd 2013
You know what I love about Sydney? If you're tired of it, you can just get out of there and within an hour you feel like walking "into the wild".
It takes us around 45 minutes to go to Cronulla by train and another 15 minutes to cross over by (a little and very slow) ferryboat to Bundeena.
After a short disagreement about where to go -hiker A wants to show everybody "this nice spot" he has been to, whereas hiker B has read about "an amazing laguna" and hikers C,D and E just "want to go to any beach"- we cross Bundeena downtown to enter the National Park. Still aimless, we agree on taking the Coast Track as this will probably take us to the water at some point. And water we need, because it is surprisingly hot on this spotless Saturday.
The trail takes us along Sydney's coast line, a couple of meters above sea level.
Sitting on the edge of the cliff, we let our feet dangle and stare into the clear blue sea, watch the waves brake at the rocks and listen to the sound of the ocean. Beautiful! We continue our (at times muddy) trail until we reach a beautiful white beach.
It is time to take a break for lunch. After dipping a toe into the cold water, I decide to skip the swim and take a short nap in the sun instead. Not for long though, as I am woken up by hiker C yelling in excitement, as she discovered a dolphin in the waves!
The five of us peer out into the sea in the hope the exotic animal will stick up its head again. We see schools of fish swimming in the clear, turquoise waves. And there it is again. Although what we thought is dolphin turns out to be a sea ... stupid Europeans! None the less, I am excited like a little girl on the first school day.
We take the same way back to Bundeena as we do not have time (and maybe motivation) to walk a whole loop. All together (with many stops and rests) it takes us 5 hours. There are many tracks starting at different points and varying in lengths. There are also camping sides available if you want to stay in the Park overnight. The official government website of the Royal National Park is very helpful if you want to plan your trip beforehand. You will find all the information here.
Back in Bundeena we kill our waiting time for the ferry boat with some ice cream and enjoy the last sunbeams on Bundeena Beach. At the end of the day we all agree on one thing: This is a perfect Saturday!