I have mentioned Curl Curl in my Sunday morning walks, as one of my two directions that I walk (the other being to Manly). You will have also no doubt seen many photos of the walk between Freshwater and Curl Curl:
This time however, as I strode along, breathing in lungfuls of fresh sea air, my eyes taking in the scenery , I decided I was going to change from my usual routine and walk to the point of land sticking out in the distance:
So, instead of turning left and making my return journey through the streets of the suburbs, studying the houses and gardens, ranging from the pristine and showy to appearing as though it may fall over any second, I finally turned right, and walked parallel to Curl Curl Lagoon:
The obelisk you can see in the photo below was erected in 1917 and is inscribed with the names of soldiers killed in the Great War. In 1914 the solders apparently camped and trained at Curl Curl before heading to the front line.
Walking a little further along the path I could trace my route most of the way back to where I started: Freshwater (Freshwater beach itself hidden from view), and beyond that Manly and the large green North Head National Park.
The path is twisty and turvy, up and down steps carved into the rock, though tunnels made by the bush. It is what Sydney seems to do so well. Wild, but really well kept and preserved.
At one stage I had no idea where I was going, other than I was climbing steps...
...turning a corner, and then being confronted with more steps.
Finally, I reached the top. From this wonderful vantage point I could see up the Northern Beaches coastline to Dee Why beach, and beyond that the fading stretches of land, all the way to Avalon and possibly, in the blue-hazed blur between sea and sky, the coastline of the Central Coast.
The walk forms part of the Curl Curl to Dee Why walk, but tied for time and being a little spooked by a man who seemed to be hovering in the bushes, I came back down the house-lined streets. It is all too easy doing the same routines, but a little variation can yield some great results - and views!