It was about ten in the morning of Sunday August 28th 2011 when we embarked for 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. It’s a lovely place, 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. We had some few photos taken here including inside the temple. 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 or congregation of faithful and a chance to enter their house of worship learned a part of their existence as well. Well, it’s nice to roam around sometimes you’ll get to know some interesting facts about life and religion of others.
We continued our trip down the road until we reached the Winnereremy Bay Parkland of Mona Vale where we got off for the second time. The park was full and the car park requires ticketing, too. We had our lunch here just right at the open space in between two medium sized trees facing the beach front with heaps of anchored small and big boats.
The Parkland itself is located on Mona Street of Mona Vale and contains barbeques, picnic shelters, bike paths, open grass areas and a beach. 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 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 and is the administrative centre of the local government area of Pittwater Council. 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, New South Wales. 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 was rough, splashing big waves and is indeed conducive for surfing. The playgrounds here are attractive and cater to the needs of the children. Houses along the beach are big as this place is the favorite 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 on the way up 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, the teenagers easily climbed the whole trek with glee and easiness and were obviously enjoying it! Finally, we reached the top of the mountain … and there stood the Lighthouse! Everyone, including the women was so happy they finally reached the top end, so amazed to have seen the Lighthouse that is so popular in the northern beaches.
It’s a stunning place, a beautiful lookout of the whole Palm Beach area! This was a great idea of locating the Lighthouse in this awesome plateau. That’s why, people were fascinated and had their endurance tested on the way up because of the wonderful, lovely view that can be experienced out there.
On our way back home, we had our dinner at the St Ives Showground/Park, Ku-ring-gai. Well, it was a wonderful weekend indeed! We set up this trip with some friends because it was my wife’s birthday, too.