When Secret Water was kicked off back in January this year one of my aims was to stay motivated to get in, on and around the water with my family. The arrival of baby Harriet, as expected, has curtailed our adventures somewhat, as newborn babies, winter weather and tinnies are a slightly unrealistic combination. Harriet has been out and about though and we have been reminded yet again what an amazing city Sydney is if you have a love of the outdoors and the water. There are so many accessible options for getting your family into the fresh air and near the briny without a tinny, a backpack or a GPS but that still leave you feeling you have had some respite from urbanity.
Compared to the ocean beaches of the Eastern and Northern suburbs, Brighton Le Sands and Botany Bay at first seemed a little bit concrete and subject to too much passing traffic for my liking. However, on a windy Sunday last week, inspired by 52 suburbs, a blog that goes in search of “beauty in the burbs” on a weekly basis, I decided to take a closer look.
I have often secretly wished I was born about fifty years ago and whilst spending a few hours down by the board walk near the kiosk in the old bathing pavilion it wasn’t hard to imagine what the suburb was like a few decades ago…all dunes and weatherboards. Walking rather than just driving through on the way to the Shire, showed Brighton to be bursting with character, good coffee and a safe beach for children to play and swim.
The walk back via Ramsgate required several stops for babycino and took a long time with a toddler in tow but was worth it for the peaceful walk back through the Hawthorne Street Nature Area.
This is a beautiful patch of bushland which is apparently one of the few remaining pockets of Kurnell Dune Forest and home to the endangered mouse eared fishing bat. Walking through this little haven it then occurred to me that this is what the area was really like way back when. Heres the rest….