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Published January 21st 2017
Easier than walking with the same rewards
A regular to this spot, I'd never considered there was a short way up for use on those 'geez it's hot' days. Getting the courtesy bus back from the Patonga Hotel, for the first time I noticed a turnoff to Warrah Trig Road. 'Could it be, this road led to a lookout by the same name?', I wondered, while making a mental note of where the road began.
The following day, yet another scorcher, I'm driving my car along Patonga Drive and spot the turn off. Like an off road track for city slicker 4WDs the road is dirt, has potholes and corrugations but nothing that most cars can't handle so long as you keep an eye on the road. It goes on for about ten minutes before coming to a small carpark next to some stairs.
The dirt track and remnants of fires from a few months back
By now I have nearly no idea of where I might be, except a flicker of hope that this track will lead to my well loved destination. There are boarded walkways and man-made steps: for a hiking path it's not too far to say 'all the bells and whistles'. As we trudge along, glimpses of the Pearl Beach to Umina headland filter through the gum tree forest.
Just as I start to wonder whether it was the right choice to challenge a small walk rather than just lie in the sea, the path comes to the end at the fire trail I would usually walk up. Crossing to the lookout, the rewards of battling the Australian summer are offered to us on a 180 degree panoramic platter. Rains fall over Mooney-Mooney while the sun shines down on Palm Beach. Waves on the Pittwater inlet make for the beaches of Patonga where sundowners were consumed the previous night and a lone boat anchors off one of the many 'I wonder if anyone has ever been there' bush-surrounded beaches of the inlet's rivers.