Another day with glorious weather as we started our walk from Mona Vale to Barrenjoey head – but we knew the low was coming. The walk at times was through suburban streets where the coastal track disappeared . Some of the stair climbs up from the beaches were very steep . Finally we reached Palm Beach which terminates in a narrow sandy spit separating the Pacific Ocean from Pittwater. A climb on a steepish track at the end of the beach leads up to the Barrenjoey lighthouse. Finally we scrambled down and walked along the Pittwater side back to the bus stop at Palm Beach and managed to get a bus back to Manly just as the rain started falling. 21 km in about 5 hours .
After being couped up in Sydney for the ALSO course we took the ferry from Circular Quay to Manly then embarked on the walk to Palm Beach and Barrenjoey lighthouse. We were lucky enough to get perfect weather .Just at the north end of Manly we met up with a girl who became our tour guide to Dee Why. Lil soon found they had plenty in common , Croation origin. The walk is a mixture of paths , trails , rocks and beaches – lots of walking in the sand actually. With a much heavier pack , my speed in the sand was way behind Lil’s , who had also prepared herself with a walk from Sydney to Maroubra a couple of days before – but I have the map! We continued past our original intended destination at Narabeen lakes making Mona Vale just before dark and finding self contained apartment for the night. A home cooked meal of flathead fillets and veges was a welcome relief from eating out. The great thing about this walk is you don’t realize while you are walking alongside the Pacific Ocean that you are actually still in suburbia !