Our daughter is getting married at the end of October, which is an exciting event that our family is looking forward to. So, wanting to make the most of my time with her before she gets married, we decided to spend a day at Palm Beach, a suburb on Sydney’s northern beaches. My daughter is like me in that she loves spending time walking in the bush, although she has a lot more energy than I have.
So, we headed off to Palm Beach, an hour’s drive from where we live in Sydney, singing along with our favourite songs at the top of our voice while driving. Great fun! It was a fabulous day. I consider myself to be blessed by God with the children I have. One of my favourite spots in Sydney is Pittwater/Palm Beach. Pittwater is the northernmost suburb in Sydney and boasts spectacular views when you climb Barrenjoey Headland to visit Barrenjoey Lighthouse.
Palm Beach, the suburb, is situated on a peninsula and at the head of this peninsula is Barrenjoey Headland. This is the most northern section of Palm Beach. You can walk up to Barrenjoey Lighthouse, which was built in 1881, and it is worth a visit in itself. There are spectacular views of the ocean from the top: Palm Beach to the left and Pittwater to the right.
The wildflowers were starting to open when we were there. We have mild winters in Sydney and although it was coolish, it was lovely and sunny with shrubs and plants displaying beautiful flowers along the way. There had been a bushfire through here a couple of years ago, which is why there is a blackened tree in the video. However, even this had beauty set against the stark backdrop of the crystal blue sea and sky. Our national flower, the wattle, is also to be seen in this video. There are many varieties of wattle and all here in Australia are various shades of yellow. I love them but if you have hay fever, you may not enjoy them.
On our walk back, we were paddling in the water and saw a baby sting ray, a baby stingaroo. Stingaroos are smaller generally than many types of sting rays and are common in Sydney waters.
We returned home refreshed and rejuvenated, inspired once again by the beauty of nature and the joy of spending time with people you love.