Completed another section of Sydney’s Great Coastal Walk today, this time the short but incredibly scenic section of coast between Avalon and Whale Beach.
We sometimes forget what is on our back doorstep. While not as remote as some of the famous coastal walking tracks like Abel Tasman in New Zealand, this section of track is just as enjoyable and shares some similar characteristics.
The walk can be done in either direction and traverses Bangalley Head. From Avalon, after a short section along the quiet backstreets, you turn down a side track and emerge on the grassed slopes of the headland which are somewhat reminiscent of the start of the Royal NP track.
The track then enters the tree line and follows a well kept and meandering bush track up and over the headland. As you gain height there are good views all the way back over the nearby headlands towards the city in the distance to the South.
The summit at 116m is the tallest point between North Head and the Central Coast. Unfortunately the peak is somewhat over grown and the customary trig marker has seen better days making the top something of an anti-climax.
However there are still plenty of great views to be had from the rocky outcrops that line the headland, although the story told to me by locals afterwards of someone being killed when a rock ledge collapsed from the headland gave new meaning to the many safety signs passed along the track.
From the trig the track gives way to views over Barrenjoey Head and the Central Coast and features some classic Australian coastal bush land.
All up the section from Avalon to Whale Beach is around 4km and can be covered comfortably in an hour and a half with kids in tow and time to play at the park at Whale Beach.