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Resolute Beach

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A while ago I stumbled, literally, across one of the most serene and beautiful beaches in Sydney. Resolute Beach. Perhaps it’s familiar to some already, but to me it seemed like a secret known only to a few lucky ones (who probably own a boat).

Being Christmas and all, I thought I’d partake in the spirit of giving by divulging this little secret. Just in time for the summer in Australia and long lazy days by the sea!

Resolute was first brought to my attention whilst on a yacht with friends. We had anchored a fair way out from the beach for a bite of lunch and a mid-sail swim, when the clear green waters and postcard view of the distant beach caught my eye and lodged itself in my memory. A friend remarked that its tranquility was partly due to the fact that the beach was easily accessible by boat, but land access was only possible with some effort.

A few weekends later we were sitting around the apartment on an early Sunday morning mulling over what that day’s activity would be. It was decided that some exploring was to be had, so we set off in our car heading north to the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park to see if we could locate this beach.

Traps for young players 1: Do not go venturing into Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park in search of some hidden beach with only a vague sense of direction and a petrol tank running on low.  The park covers a lot of ground, and as luck would have it, we were headed to “West Head” which was located on one of the farthest edges of the park. With poor GPS reception as we headed deeper into the park, we slowed to a crawl on flat sections of road and picked up speed on downhills where we were simply rolling to conserve petrol. We did not enjoy the uphills at all…

We eventually made it to West Head and parked the car. We wandered up to the lookout where quite a few locals and tourists were having their photos taken against the panoramic backdrop of Pittwater and Palm Beach.

Next we set off on the Resolute Track, which for the most part is a track paved with timber logs for easy walking. West Head Beach came into view through the tall leafy trees and we followed the path down for a short break with some of the other park goers. It’s a little stretch of beach with a shallow depth and small pools of clear water in and around large rock formations on the sand. After a quick dip in the water, we transferred the edible load in our backpacks into our content bellies and resumed our mission to Resolute Beach.

The track continued on from West Head Beach but in a more organic fashion; it was a narrow trodden path that snaked around the hill and across a creek. Requiring slightly more concentration to stay on path for an uncoordinated soul like myself, the efforts were well rewarded; we arrived at a small, secluded beach with emerald green waters and no one in sight.

We felt as though we had arrived on a deserted island. We sunbathed and splashed around until we were joined by boating visitors. We laid on the sand to dry off and marveled at a large friendly goanna that was almost 1m long! As the sun began to fade, we reluctantly packed up our things to head back, only to find that perhaps we had stayed a little too long. We had to quicken our pace to match the diminishing light.

Traps for young players 2: Running through a narrow bush path carpeted in dry leaves in fading light wearing havaianas as footwear may result in losing your footing and a slow slippery slide down the hill…  thank goodness my exploration partner had quick reflexes and long arms!

We exited the park and made our way home feeling happily tired, relaxed and renewed.

Do pack a picnic, and do fill up the petrol tank, because this little gem of a beach is worth the mission and is worth staying awhile. If you have access to a boat then that works too, but I reckon the bush path makes the beach all the sweeter.

MEET THE LOCAL: CHARMAINE PANG

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