I rang Mr Beach House mid week at work, to say I was calling 'family day' for the following Sunday. What that meant, was he was under strict instructions not to lob into the conversation on Saturday evening, a not unfamiliar bomb, consisting of him leaving me and the kids to sail all day Sunday.
|Curl Curl Beach|
He does that alot and it is very unfair and plays havoc with our family life.
So we decided to walk the headland track from Curl Curl Beach to Dee Why Beach. We chose to do it in that direction, because there are more cafes in Dee Why to grab a coffee at the half way mark. I packed some chicken and roast vegetable sandwiches, made up a thermos of tea and grabbed a few punnets of strawberries and stuffed then in a back pack. We also packed the mandatory bottle of water.
The track is actually a portion of the Manly to Dee Why walk, but we thought the 8km return walk from Curly to Dee Why, would be enough for our 10 and almost 5 year old kids. Although it pushed them a little, they both happily walked the entire distance themselves.
You start the walk at the northern end of Curl Curl beach at the surf club on Huston Pde Curl Curl.
|Curl Curl Lagoon|
The first part of the track is known as Cobbers Way. From here you can see an obelisk on the rock shelf as you look back over Curl Curl Beach. It was erected here in 1917 and has etched on it the names of soldiers killed in the Great War. Apparently in 1914 the soldiers camped and trained at Curl Curl before embarkation to the front.
One can only imagine the interesting time those innocent lads had in the neighbourhood so long ago and how very different the landscape would have been then.
|Long Reef Golf Club in the background|
There is beautiful Australian Flora along the way and I suspect in another few weeks all the Spring flowers will have burst their buds.
Although I didn't spot any wild life as such, there was plenty of the human variety.
There are some stunning rock formations along the track.
who clearly thought Curl Curl Beach was a great place to hunt Sea Turtle.
But for grown ups like me, who love a bit of coastal style, it was about the real estate too.
Then after an easy walk of 3-4km, we popped out at Dee Why Beach and cracked open the sandwiches and thermos.
We didn't bring our cozies, as it's still officially Winter, but there are plenty of opportunities to swim at both ends of the track.
There is a great kids play area and BBQ's at Dee Why Beach. It was very crowded however, so if you want a quieter picnic, perhaps park your car at the Dee Why end and walk to Curl Curl for lunch. Or stop along the track for some BYO refreshments.
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