This, my friends, is a glorious day. A flawless blue-sky day, with warm gentle breezes and temperatures of 23deg Celsius (73 deg Farenheit). A day to revel in! I can hear you Northern Hemisphere dwellers muttering, “In August? Big deal.” But let me remind you that I live in Sydney (the one in Australia), where it is deepest, darkest winter right now. Three days ago, the temperature didn’t get above 12deg C (54deg F) and it rained for more than 24 hours straight. But today … ah, today is the sort of day that makes people line up to take out Australian citizenship. And it’s the weekend!
So, come walk with me, along the coast from Coogee to Maroubra.
Coogee is blessed with three rockpools, swimming pools fed by the sea and carved from the natural sandstone that forms the cliffs along this coastline.
Keep an eye on the waves if you don’t want to get drenched!
Succulents with bright flowers grow along these inhospitable cliff-side paths.
Look back on our path: Coogee Beach in the distance and, below us, the third of Coogee’s rockpools.
Look down to the sea, and you may spot cormorants basking in the sun.
Look to the side, where cactus spines glow, backlit by the sun.
Another rockpool, just right for dogs.
Water pours from the top of the cliff.
If you know what these crazy plants are called, please leave a comment and tell me!
The perfect balcony for a watery Juliet. Though Romeo would have to be a very good swimmer!
A tantalising glimpse into a hidden world.
At Lurline Bay, let’s rest a while on the sun-warmed rocks and watch the waves.
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Wind and water turn sandstone into sculpture.
Our path beckons.
Not far from the end of our walk, and this is the perfect spot for a swim. Be warned, though: that water is cold!
Our walk ends at Maroubra Beach, where children have found a new use for a Rubik’s cube.
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Bronte Beach in winter.