Beach Cottage Walking the Beaches North Curl Curl
Fri 30th, Mar, 2012
G’day Beach Cottage ladies, let’s walk the beaches today shall we? I must say we have been enjoying some fantastic Autumn weather here on the beaches, after, to be quite honest, a Summer that has had rather a few grey days…
But who is complaining when Sydney throws a few days like these at you just to keep up the momentum? I am actually not at home today, blogging from Melbourne, no less, my first time at a blogging conference and much more importantly, my first time in Melbourne, the city that everyone I meet tells me I will love love love…will report back soon, with Australian bells on ;-)
So here we are in North Curl Curl then and I often end up at the other end of this beach (South Curl Curl) because it has a lovely boardwalk that you can walk all around the head on and get really close to nature.
This is the other end, I don’t come here too often, but in the last few weeks, Mr Beach Cottage and I took a Friday arvo off and sat on a blanket here for hours soaking up some ocean air and sunshine and then I walked here a few days ago too…
The name Curl Curl is believed to have come from the Aboriginal term “Curial Curial” which referred to the passage of man on the river of life….doesn’t that sound nice…a bit rose-tinted heh? ;-) I like to think of my journey here to Australia from the other side of the world as a passage on the river of life…tell you want it’s a pretty good place to end up….
The best thing about this beach is you can get a long go of a walk on the sand, add in a coastal bush walk for some leg toning and uphill work at the end, take a stack load of pictures, ooh and ahh at the flowers and greenery abounding and then walk back again, legs feeling it…. multi-tasking fitness I think it’s called ;-)
There are an abundance of coastal flowers here growing alongside the beach, I love that.
I love this view, sometimes when I look out to sea it’s like I’m on the edge of the world…makes you feel pretty insignificant in your little everyday life compared to this…
North Curl Curl has its own Surf Life Saving Club, formed in 1921, when after heavy rains a sandbank broke and when huge volumes of water rushed seawards a boy was washed out to sea… the local people gathered, addressed the need for life saving and the club has been going ever since.
North Curl Curl has a school …this is sport for those kiddos…hello! do they know how lucky they are? Probably not…one thing you notice here when you move your life from the other side of the world is how many people have had this kinda living at their fingertips the whole of their life….but many don’t utilize it….and some people I meet and live in the beach suburbs don’t actually visit the beach at all…some ‘don’t like it’ ….my kiddos even know similar age kids who can’t swim, I find that amazing!
The school was built in 1951 using buildings known as ‘Bristols’ as they were manufactured by the Bristol Aircraft company after World War II and exported to Australia from the UK.
I guess the Beach Cottage Crew will also feel like this lifestyle is a right of passage…I will always, though, know how special that is…
Really this is a pretty great spot…and just when you thought you might have had enough of the beach, ocean and waves or walking up over the rocks, well how about you turn around and sit by the lagoon instead?
And to top it all off, the whole kit and kaboodle is topped off by these sand hills…which are pretty special, it feels secluded up here and very at one with nature…
there are paths all up over this cliff through the bush …good for the legs and bit of cardio
This is the view from up there, this photo is via Instagram and vintage processed but you can see this is looking down into the sea from that headland above
So that’s about it from me from the beaches via Melbourne, I hope you enjoyed this episode of Beach Cottage Walking the Beaches, have to say this is one of the better parts of blogging…getting to walk around in the Australian sun, taking pictures and oggling beaches, oceans and seas…
I am looking for a Beach Cottage Assistant… ;-) anyone want in?
Qualifications : must love Australia, the beach, vintage things, and photography, and must be very very nice to me, you know, like in Pretty Woman ;-)