The Coastal walk from Kurnell to Cronulla is special, it was not without it’s challenges but we are a resilient bunch so the pack that started was the pack that staggered up that last, weirdly steep sand hill.
Kurnell the name is possibly a corruption of a Dharug term “cunthal”, “kundle” or “koondool”, perhaps meaning “place of or where the wild carrot grows”.
We took the train from Redfern to Cronulla – Carriage 4 – and then the 987 bus that leaves opposite the train station for the Kurnell loop.
A quick wander down the foreshore of Kurnell to the Endeavour Coffee and Ice Cream Cafe (no getting away from Cook here) where Phillipe will make you a coffee strong enough to get you to Cronulla.
follow the Monument Track along the south coast of Botany Bay until it veers inland and south towards the visitor’s center. Sydney Airport is on the north coast of Botany Bay. No Plane noise …. at all!
From the visitor’s center, there are several short tracks you can take that all lead through the northern part of Kamay Botany Bay National Park and end approximately at Cape Solander. This is where something went horribly wrong and we lost Dear Leader…who claimed to be reading all he could about Cook!
We regrouped and finally found our way to Cape Solander where we were reunited. Then it started to rain!
And then there were the puddles – oh lord, the puddles! Even out on the exposed rock there were loads of puddles, despite there not having been any big rains recently. It was far worse on the dirt trails inland, where sometimes the only option was to walk straight through the mud puddles.
We ran into this group of Coastrekkers who came together virtually for an epic day of fun, fitness, friends and fundraising, supported all the way by the team at Wild Women On Top, for the annual Coast Trek to raise money for mental health.
BOAT HARBOUR – Sydney shanty town ‘paradise’, where residents have no electricity or running water, could soon be wiped out.
The tight-knit community of beachside shacks, built on Sydney’s only privately owned beach, has existed “off the books” since it first emerged next to the towering sand dunes of the Kurnell Peninsula, in Sydney’s south, during the Depression.
At it’s height there were as many as 200 homes there.
Since then it has dwindled to around 25 basic cabins that have passed from one generation to the next, picking up a few mod cons such as solar panels along the way.
We rounded the bend and the Golden Arches of Cronulla lite up the horizon, only 15kms to go and the odd sand dune….we could smell the fish and chips and taste the beer….
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