It was about ten in the morning of 28th August 2011, Sunday when we embarked a trip to the northern beaches of Sydney. The weather was fine though at times cloudy with a top temperature forecast of 22 degrees. Traffic along the freeway that morning was still light but turned heavy when we drove home at around 6pm.
We had our first stop at the Bahai Temple, their towering house of worship is visible along the freeway. The compound was awesome, well landscaped with a background of forested land. Some few caretakers in the compound including those at the information/visitors building met and oriented us, shared brochures regarding their religion and told us what can be found inside the compound. Their brochures listed that the Bahá’í Faith is a monotheistic religion founded by Bahá’u’lláh in 19th-century Persia, emphasizing the spiritual unity of all humankind. There are an estimated five to six million Bahá’ís around the world in more than 200 countries and territories.
This was my first time to encounter such a faith and a place of worship, even got a chance to look at the interior as well, of course it’s completely different from the Christian churches.
We continued our trip down the freeway until we reached the Winnereremy Bay Parkland of Mona Vale where we got off for the second time because the park was full. We had our lunch here just right at the open space in between two medium sized trees facing the beach with heaps of moored small and big boats.
The Parkland itself is located on Mona Street of Mona Vale and has plenty of facilities like barbeques, picnic shelters, bike paths, and open grass areas. There is plenty of open space to throw a ball or fly a kite, whatever your preference is. The Park also caters for adults with the inclusion of the ‘child friendly’ Flying Fox Cafe which allows parents to enjoy a quiet cup of coffee or light lunch while the kids are playing or having fun.
A first class playground facility has been built in this Regional Park. The Playground caters for young children in a dedicated tiny tot’s area and older children in a separate playground. Part of the playground is covered with shade sails and has a dry creek bed/adventure trail as well which contains stone carvings of sea creatures such as crabs, fish, dolphins and starfish, Flying Fox, Space Net, Skate areas, Snakes & ladders, Spica Poles and Spring Rockers.
After lunch, we toured the place, went to the other side of the park, where most dog lovers do train and bath them into the shallow beach waters. Mona Vale is a suburb in northern Sydney in New South Wales. It is located 28 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district. Mona Vale is also part of the Northern Beaches region. At around two in the afternoon we decided to go to Palm Beach.
Palm Beach is another northern beachside suburb of Sydney. Palm Beach is located 41 kilometres north of the Sydney central business district, in the local government area of Pittwater Council, in the Northern Beaches region. Palm Beach sits on a peninsula at the end of Barrenjoey Road, between Pittwater and Broken Bay.
The beach is conducive for surfing because of its big waves, very rough indeed, though the sandy beach is alluring for the kids to play on with sand castle like games. The playgrounds here are attractive too, and cater to the needs of the children. Houses along the beach are big as this place is the favourite location for Hollywood actors/actresses to hang on; some of them even have bought their houses here.
Another attraction of the place is the Barrenjoey Lighthouse, setting about 100 meters above sea level. We decided to climb this at around 3pm. The narrow path that leads up to the location of the Lighthouse was rocky and even steep, some part of it were wet, too. Our ladies in the group had a hard time climbing the rugged path; it was really a breath gasping climb! Most of the women and older people had to station themselves many times to catch their breath and to take up some rest. The younger ones and the teenagers easily climbed the whole trek with glee and easiness and were obviously enjoying every step on the way! Finally, we reached the top of the mountain … and there stood the stunning Lighthouse! Everyone, including the women was so glad that they finally reached the top. For me, I admire how the Lighthouse was built at the top of this mountain, the fact that access wasn’t that easy to negotiate. Now, the Lighthouse is a popular attraction in the northern beaches.
From the top of the mountain you can have an awesome view of the seascape and landscape of the whole Palm Beach area! With this awesome view, you would surely get relaxed and forget everything about the steep climb to the plateau.
On our way back home, we had our brief stop at the St Ives Showground/Park in Ku-ring-gai for a dinner.