Place: Wedding Cake Rock
Royal National Park, Australia
One doesn’t simply stay indoors when the temperature hits mid-twenties and the sun is out after a week of rain and thunderstorms. My husband and I often go on day-long road trips around Sydney on weekends. This time we zeroed in on Bundeena, a coastal village that I hadn’t visited before. It is also famous for the Figure 8 infinity pool. But that day, the website informed us that it wasn’t safe as the tides were high.
We decided to drive through Royal National Park and explore what Bundeena has to offer. While my husband drove, I read about different hikes nearby, out of which the hike to Wedding Cake Rock Lookout looked quite doable. So instead of exploring the village, we decided to go on a hike. Dressed in converse shoes, full sleeve formal shirt and skinny jeans, I definitely wasn’t prepared for a hike, but we decided to go anyway 🙂
The crystal clear water at Bundeena Wharf looked fabulous. A charming coastal village, with quiet beaches and streets that ran uphill. Since I was wearing shoes, I didn’t want to go into the water. But the waterscape did look very inviting. When my husband took his shoes off, I followed him, pulled my jeans to the knees, and sat on the jetty, feet dipped in the cool greenish water. By the time we got up, it was past 2 pm.
We started walking towards Brighton Street, hunting for lunch. The menu at Passionfruit Restaurant, which was about 4 mins walk from the wharf, looked promising. We feasted on a seafood basket and drank something with Raspberry flavor. I was too hungry to notice what drink it was. 🙂
After finishing our meal, we drove towards Beachcomber Avenue (1.1 km from Bundeena Wharf) to start our hike. The parking lot at the entrance of the park has limited spots, but ample space is available on the street. Toilets and drinking water facilities are also provided at the entrance.
Since we didn’t carry any water bottle (which was a really big mistake), we drank water before starting the hike.
The distance to and from Wedding Cake Rock Lookout is a total of 3.5 km. We decided to take an hour on each side, so we could complete the walk by 5 pm.
The walk started with a rugged pebbled road, but later the track became more sturdy. The first lookout point, called Balconies, is only 700m from the entrance. I really loved the name and the analogy was perfect. A magnificent view of the sea opened before our eyes. The sea always looks the best on a sunny day. Blue… so fabulously blue!!
It had started getting warmer, but thankfully the gentle sea breeze kept us cool. A very bad day to wear collared full sleeve 🙂 We stopped here for about 10 minutes, taking numerous photos on the cliff, admiring the horizon and the long Sydney coast. I was absolutely delighted just to be standing there.
Don’t forget to carry water bottles, wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
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