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Exploring the Sydney Harbour National Park

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Collins Beach

One glorious Sunday morning, we headed out to Manly to explore the Sydney Harbour National Park. We considered taking the ferry, but as we live on the other side of the Bridge, it would have taken us more than an hour to get there. We decide to take the car instead and take a chance with the parking.

After exploring the usual parking spots by the Corso, we (not surprisingly) find no on-road parking available. We decide to head to Little Manly – it’s on the hiking trail we want to take anyway. To our surprise, we find a large carpark there, and best of all, it was free!

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Mini waterfall on Collins Beach

A short walk takes us to Collins Beach, a beautiful secluded stretch of sand just minutes away from the ferry, but somehow forgotten by the tourist hordes. We are virtually alone apart from a few couples dotted around. The charming beach even had a little waterfall at one end. Too bad we didn’t pack a picnic – it would have been a great spot to stop.

Our path takes us through some rainforest before we break through to a tarred road. We follow this for a while – uphill all the way – until we hit the North Head Scenic Drive and turn off to the former School of Artillery. From there, hiking trails criss cross the North Head, and there are plenty of lookout points with knockout views to enjoy.

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Third Quarantine Cemetery, North Head

One such lookout is at the Third Quarantine Cemetery, where would-be immigrants to Australia were buried after they died of the plague, smallpox, measles and a host of other diseases before they made it to the mainland. As a small compensation, they were buried facing South to the city rather than the traditional East-facing burial.

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Bella Vista Cafe in the Sydney Harbour National Park

A little further up the track, we come across the Bella Vista cafe. By this time, we are quite hungry and happy to stop for a bite. The place is packed, but we are lucky to find an empty table with the most glorious view.

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Lunch in the sun

Could there be anything more satisfying than going for a walk in the sun, followed by a delicious lunch with amazing views?

This post was inspired by the Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction.


8 comments on “Exploring the Sydney Harbour National Park

  1. Irene
    July 31, 2017

    Sounds like my type of a perfectly satisfying day.

    • Penne Cole
      July 31, 2017

      It definitely was! Can’t beat being out in the fresh air 🙂

  2. chefkreso
    July 31, 2017

    It looks like a wonderful place to explore, would like to go there one day 😀

    • Penne Cole
      July 31, 2017

      You should definitely come and visit! Sydney is so beautiful 🙂

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  4. eyeforapic
    August 2, 2017

    Looks like a wonderful place Penne, certainly a very satisfying way to spend a day 🙂

  5. James
    August 27, 2018

    This experience has put a smile on our faces. Penne this is another nice share

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