Impromptu adventuring, exploring our backyard and then putting pen to paper, hoping to entice you to try one, if not all, of our escapades, is my true reward!
Published August 15th 2016
Done and dusted for the day
Mother Nature in all her glory - Image: Elaine de Wet
Time poor? But still wanting to loosen those limbs and get the juices flowing, then why not try an energetic walk from Alexandra Headlands down to Cotton Tree - 45 minutes to an hour of brisk walking! (You actually need the extra fifteen minutes to stop and take photos along the way).
Well-maintained pathways - Image: Elaine de Wet
An extremely popular area for early morning walkers, joggers, cyclists and the 'loungers' - at least you can say you went to the beach, even if it was just to lie down and watch all those other energetic souls out there. Park your car anywhere along Alexandra Parade (plenty of parking here during the week) and start your walk down to the Cotton Tree side - the walking pathways are well-maintained and it's an easy walk and then return on the beach side, slightly more exertion is required on the sand, but way more pleasant, allowing one to view the walk with a different perspective.
What a stunning walk it was! The sea was a bit choppy with all the wind though the sun was shining and jackets could be removed after the first five minutes, there is so much to enjoy and admire along the way.
Sunlight glistening on the water - Image: Elaine de Wet
The sun with its glistening rays on the ocean is an absolute sight to behold early in the morning, the lone swimmer ensuring that she was between the flags, the handful of surfers braving the choppy seas, mums and toddlers having a play in the sand and of course all the quirky things that have washed on-shore with the winds, blue bottles and shells with soft membranes (I have no idea what these are, perhaps somebody can let me know).
Beach Kiosk - Image: Elaine de Wet
If you prefer to stop and take a breather, there's a very popular Beach Kiosk at the Alexandra Headland Life Saving Club, which looked to be doing a roaring trade. You walk past children's play areas, 'loungers' and the Skate Board Ramps, continue down to the Cotton Tree Caravan Park and then down to the beach for your return journey.
Does anybody know what this is? Image: Elaine de Wet
A sensational walk, just enough time to get the blood pumping but short enough to be home again in just over an hour - so, there's really no excuse - get on down to the beach and enjoy an early morning walk! That's me, done and dusted, for the day!
Loungers - watch all the other energetic souls out there! Image: Elaine de Wet