Imagine walking a track stretching 26km along the New South Wales coastline, with untouched beaches and swimming holes scattered along it. For Jason Dundas it became a reality and it can for you as well.
The Coast Track experience just gets better and better. You can walk all or part of it with a little bit of help from some very kind people. They will chauffeur you to the start of the track you don't even have to carry your bags.
Guided walking trips range from half-day to three–day tours in Sydney's beautiful Royal National Park, just 30km south of the CBD.
The Coast Track links Bundeena with Otford and there's so much to see along the pristine coastline. Why not do it in comfort? Fine food and wine and comfortable tent accommodation is hard to beat. All you need during the walk is a day pack and your favourite walking shoes, bathers, towel, hat and sunscreen.
The track sticks close to the coast the entire way and you will occasionally climb sandstone cliffs to look for wildlife living a little way inland.
Jibbon Beach is a well-preserved and rich site of Aboriginal engravings. They have been there for many thousands of years and are the works of the Dharawal people. In complete contrast, the city's Centrepoint Tower can be seen from the beach.
Wattamolla is at the intersection of a lagoon and is one of many water holes perfect for a cooling dip in sheltered seawater.
It's close to your campsite and after an invigorating day, your two-person tent is a very welcome place to reflect upon the day.
Tents are standing height with spacious floor plan, single beds with thick mattresses, crisp linen, plush pillows, duck down quilts, towels, lighting and bedside table and chairs. A relaxing massage is included in two-day walks.
An exceptional four-course dinner is prepared by Rob Lisk, on-site chef, in the bush kitchen and enjoyed surrounded by ocean, sand and bush.
There's a bathhouse spa designed for couples to enjoy in total privacy. It's surrounded by rainforest and water cascades meet with the ocean below.
After a peaceful sleep the morning begins with views of Eagle Rock, a formation near Curracarong. You can actually see the beak and eyes of a bird. There are several waterfalls tumbling over the cliffs into the sea over 100 metres below.
Garie Beach is the end of the walk. Garie is said to be Aboriginal for"'sleepy", but with the enticing water, you're bound to want to have a swim. If you want to surf and arrived at the start of the walk with your board, it will be there waiting for you.
An added option is luxury boutique accommodation at the end of the walk. It's on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the ocean with views of the journey you have taken.
Sydney's Royal National Park.
The Coast Track two-day, one-night tours are $675 from Cronulla and $800 from Sydney city. Three-day, two-night tours costs $1095 from Cronulla and $1200 from Sydney city.
Price includes transport to and from Sydney, all meals and snacks, including a gourmet four-course dinner with ocean-front views and wine, accommodation, guides, NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service fees, transfer of personal luggage and a massage on arrival.
Prices correct at November 19, 2009.
For further information
The Coast Track
Ph: 0410 681 375