Coastal Rendezvous: Bundeena – Little Marley

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Do not be misled by the picture above. Yes, it was a coastal walk.

If you’re not a cyclist, tourist or a cafe fanatic, you probably wouldn’t find yourself in Cronulla.

You bet that among our party of four we had all three profiles named. Yet, we weren’t there for those purposes.

Our journey started at Cronulla Ferry Wharf. There, we embarked on our journey to the South, paying no more than $6.30 one way to Bundeena.

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It wasn’t long till we set foot on Bundeena. A short 20 minutes walk took us out of the little town and onto the and onto the Little Marley Trail where the magic began.

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Follow this track and you will find yourself at the coast which the track continues to hold on dearly for the rest of the trail.

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Interestingly, despite having the coast to our left the entire time, things weren’t just monotonous and boring. As described by Wildwalks, yes! Some bushwalking experience was indeed recommended ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I reckon 30%-40% of the hike would have cut across shrubs and bushes. Another few minutes and we were once again greeted by the magnificent coastline.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt a random rest point, Jeremy and Sarah decided to start comparing shoes. These hardy New Balance, courtesy of the SAF certainly held up despite their pretty aged look.
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A very fortunate event happened here. We spotted whales! Just about 300-500m away from shore, there were two whales which kept surfacing for air as they swam southbound. Unfortunately, no pictures this time.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA3/4 into our journey, we finally got our first glimpse of the beaches we were after. Note Marley Beach in the foreground and Little Marley Beach in the middle of the picture.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

As we trudged ahead, we decided to hike up the dunes, further inland from the beach to find the spot that Jeremy really wanted to see. Marley Lagoon.
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKeep reading to find a few more coastal shots followed by our campsite. Paradise indeed. Couldn’t ask for more, beach front real estate, with trees providing cover from the salty breeze.

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Once we have pitched our accommodation for the night, we took off to higher ground to enjoy the seemingly never-ending coastline. We cooked up a little feast too! Yes! Bait. These prawns were meant to be bait but turned into a meal as we couldn’t find a safe place to do some fishing.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the night approached, we returned to camp and found ourselves cooking up some really interesting dishes. Find Jeremy’s famous char-grilled smokey banana. – Oh, no fancy sunsets. NSW coastline faces the East!
OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAfter the peaceful night by the sea, we greeted dawn by heading up to higher ground.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANow if you think that’s far enough, check out the next deed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe temperature steadily rose as the sun came up. It wasn’t just pleasant and warming, it was also calming. It’s hard to describe the experience of being there, laying by the rock, getting warmed just by our sun and hearing the constant light clashes of waves against the rocks. – Of course, this would change as the wind picks up as the day progresses.

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With this, I’ll leave you to enjoy a few pictures of the amazing, rather enchanting experience we’ve gone through during just that 30-60 minutes of feeling our sunrise.

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Not a hardcore hike so you won’t find yourself toughing it out like the hikes around the Blue Mountains region. However, please note that this track provides close to 0% cover so expect to require lots of water! Nonetheless, the experience was truly rewarding with mesmerising scenic sunrise and the addictively gorgeous coastline. Not to forget the whales too if you’re there at the right place and at the right time!

Visit the link below to access the gallery.

This trip gets an adventure rating of:

Adventure Rating: 7/10

Gallery: Bundeena – Little Marley Gallery

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