On Tuesday 7th January the weather changed dramatically and the beaches that had been full of people enjoying the sun the day before were now empty. The temperature dropped by 9c, the clouds were dark and heavy and the waves were high but despite this Becky and I enjoyed a 3 hour walk along Cronulla beach before heading to 'Nulla Nulla' restaurant for a late, and very good, lunch.
On Wednesday 8th we tied on our walking boots and headed out to Audley in the Royal National Park. The wattle forest is totally amazing and you can just 'feel' how clean the air is. There are opportunities to hire large pedaloes and kayaks and a couple of families were out on the glassy water. After cappuccinos in the pavilion cafe Becky communed with nature and we watched cockatoos dancing before taking a walk around the forest and then driving out to Wattamolla on the coastal side of the Park.
Wattamolla Lagoon is stunning and apparently the water is bath temperature but we didn't get a chance to experience it this time because we wanted to head off along the Coast Track to Garie Beach. The scenery along this route is breathtaking and there is a waterfall at Curracurrong that drops into the sea. Although only a 5 mile walk, the terrain was quite challenging but we made some interesting discoveries along the way and at one point we startled a wallaby who gave us a quick look and then hopped off into the bush.
Garie is a surfers beach and the waves were pretty good but there were only a couple of surfers in the water. There is a surfers club house on the beach but unfortunately it was 'members only' and there is no drinking water on the site except bottles that you can purchase from the kiosk at the bottom. After a fortifying cup of tea we made our way back along the Coast Track and then home to Cronulla for a shower and a g & t. I certainly slept well lat night!