Sydney Coastal Walks With Kids – Dee Why To Curl, Curl

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It’s become a habit to always do something good for me on the day before school holidays start and the day after they wend.

And yesterday I especially needed a treat, a bit of a boost.  I’d found the last couple of days of the holidays really hard and had been very weepy.

I miss my husband, and it’s been hard going to have all four noisy, lovely, demanding boisterous bairns at home on my own. Probably should have made sure we had another au pair, but I felt I needed a break.

Anyway, a day of weepiness and feelings of being trapped and strangled (sorry kids) is one thing. But I could feel the self pity wanting to linger and get it’s nasty little fingers deep into my soul…

Dee Why Coastal Walk Sydney

You can start this walk from anywhere in Dee Why. Get to the rock pool and head up these stairs.

Luckily for me, I go to a regular recovery meeting on a Tuesday morning in beautiful Dee Why. I love this meeting where nothing I can say will shock anyone and many others have been held hostage by their crazy thinking.

And straight after,  I whizzed over to the south end of the beach and went on this fantastic coastal bush walk.

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Or park above the pool in the continuation of Oaks Avenue, that’s what I did this time.

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This isn’t a long walk, about 3-4km depending on where you start from in Dee Why.  But it feels like an adventure, and the views north to Long Reef and beyond will send even the saggiest spirits flying free.

The track is pretty rough and rocky, with lots of steps cut into the sandstone. It’s a narrow track too and all higgletypigglety. It feels a million miles away from city living. Perfect.

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Wonderful views to the south too, and pretty vegetation alongside the track.

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The view back past Dee Why to Long Reef.

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Searing sunshone on war, that’s what I needed to chase away gloomy, circling and self-destructive thoughts.

Now then, this is not a walk for strollers, and certainly not one for very young children. The very steep cliffs run alongside the path at some points, terribly dangerous for non-sensible kids.  Very beautiful and thrilling for kids who are safe near cliffs and good walkers.

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I was running up the stone steps and hopping fast from rock to rock. Talk about burning away unneeded nasty stress chemicals in the brain! It worked.

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And I walked alongt he flat bits. Something I love about this walk is being able to snoop into the gardens of the gorgeous coast-clinging homes along part of the walk.

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I stopped here at Molong Street, at the end of Dee Why Head.

You can see Curl Curl beach down there. If you walked all the way to the end you could have a coffee or lunch at the great cafe at South Curly.

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On the way back I stopped to look down at the water. My stomach always lurches, just like it does at Scenic World, a feeling I find oddly pleasant.

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Ah, it won’t be long until I’m back doing ocean swimming, that was last summer’s magical mood lifter.

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Sydney Coastal Walk

I didn’t track the walk this time, but here’s one from last year. So it was 4km from the carpark at the north end of Dee Why Beach. I think it’s be around 3km from parking in Oaks Avenue where I left from.

Feelings of being trapped and emotionally alone are terrible triggers for me.

There couldn’t have been a better way to break free from those suffocating obsessive thoughts and feelings than waving children off to school (and they went so happily, god bless them) and then literally taking a hike.

So glad I did that rather than sit at home doing desk stuff weepily. Apologies to all those whose emails went unanswered!

Thank goodness for fresh air and sunshine and the great outdoors. Thanks Sydney for this short but intense coastal walk, one of so many in our beautiful city.

How’s your week going?

Have you been able to get outdoors and shake the mental cobwebs away?

Back to work!








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Posted on: July 17, 2013


  • Reply July 17, 2013


    What a gorgeous walk! The coastline is just so beautiful!
    It must be so hard having your husband away, mine means the world to me and I hate him even being late home from work! :0!
    I am going to pin that day bed, how gorgeous! I want it!

    • Reply July 18, 2013

      Seana Smith

      Hello, Yes, I am not doing well with the husband away situation at the moment. He’s been doing this 28:28 rotation for just over 18 months now, it does have its good points but I can’t remember any of them at the moment! We’ve had a trickier time this year as well as we’ve both had to go to Scotland to see sick relatives, which is so sad bit it’s also meant that I’ve only seen him for about…. *gets out calendar… just less than four weeks in the past four months. No wonder I am losing the plot. He’s back in 8 days…. we hope!

    • Reply July 18, 2013

      Seana Smith

      PS I completely agree about that daybed… and the views from it are so good too.

    • Reply September 4, 2016

      Rebecca Sue Walker

      you have a picture of my house in here…..

      • Reply September 4, 2016

        Seana Smith

        You are so lucky to live in this beautiful area

        • Reply September 4, 2016

          Rebecca Sue Walker

          Hahah yer it is quite amazing

  • Reply July 19, 2013

    Angels Have Red Hair

    Those views are spectacular … it’s fantastic when you find a glorious bit of nature so close to the city.

  • Reply July 19, 2013

    Desire Empire

    It looks stunning and I must try it soon with the family. Good for you for getting out doors when you are feeling low. It makes so much of a difference when the weather is good and you are in stunning surrounds.

  • Reply July 19, 2013


    That looks so beautiful Seana. I’d love to walk there, without my thrill-seeking children 😉


  • Reply July 19, 2013


    I’ve never done this one! It looks like a good one to do with the kids now Lottie’s legs can go a little further than Manly to Shelly Beach! Thanks for linking up, Seana. x

  • Reply July 19, 2013


    Oh what a gorgeous walk and excellent idea. The fresh air and view of water is so good for the soul! Cheers, Mez ps visiting via mazabella’s weekend rewind

  • Reply July 20, 2013

    Allison Tait

    This looks fab! I like a little treat for myself the day after hols too!

  • Great to see you turn that self pity into self nurturing 🙂 xoxox A

  • Reply July 21, 2013

    Hotly Spiced

    Great post, Seana. I’m sure I’d be teary and weepy and full of self-pity if my husband was away as often as yours! You do an awesome job of holding it all together and I know it’s not easy when you have lots of kids with lots of issues and they spread across many ages. I also find doing something physical improves my mood xx

  • Reply July 21, 2013


    Oh Seana, I have one day left of School Holidays and I SO need a little treat for me when they all go back on Tuesday! The last couple of days, regardless of how long the holidays are, are always tough aren’t they?, and can’t imagine it without my Husband around. I hope yours is getting home soon? As for lifting ones mood, nothing much better than getting out and about – your photos are gorgeous. Such a pretty part of the world. Mel x

  • Reply September 4, 2016

    Rebecca Sue Walker

    By the way it is approximately 2km along the coastal walk, i know this as i live on the walk and walk it most days so yer

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