Bushwalk and breakfast at Dee Why beach

View of the Tasman Sea and beyond from a cliff top at Dee Why

View of the Tasman Sea and beyond from a cliff top at Dee Why

“I need to run an errand in Dee Why”, I said to Mysaucepan.

Being the foodie and adventurous person that she is, she comes up with a plan.

“Great, why don’t we go for a bushwalk along the cliff top and then have breakfast there too?”, she proposes.

Alcohol free zone

Alcohol free zone

Seeing that spring is just a few days away and the weather turning warmer by the day, it seems like a good idea.

“My appointment happens to be at 9.45am on Saturday and it’s the first day of spring too”, I said.

“Well, it’s settled then. Go for your appointment and then we can work up an appetite walking up the cliff and then check out the cafes along The Strand afterwards”, Mysaucepan concludes.

“Provided the weather is good”, I said.

“It will be”, she replies.

Located approximately 18km north of the CBD, Dee Why is a suburb in the heart of the Northern beaches along Sydney’s coastline. Just 5km north of its more famous cousin Manly, Dee Why is a little more low-key but offers the same beach and surf lifestyle. Restaurants and cafes abound along The Strand at the southern end of Dee Why beach.

The surf at Dee Why beach

The surf at Dee Why beach

On this first day of spring in 2012, Sydney puts on its charm with clear blue skies and the sun warming our backs as we begin to stroll along the southern end of Dee Why beach. Perfect outdoor weather to say the least.

Surfers waiting to catch the wave

Surfers waiting to catch the wave

Surfers are always in the surf to catch a wave or two but the surf today looks a little meek to me. Still there is a hand full of die-hards sitting on their boards laying in wait.

Salt water rock pool by the beach

Salt water rock pool by the beach

Most of Sydney’s famous beaches such as Bondi, Clovelly and Maroubra have a salt water pool that is more family-friendly because the surf can get rough at times. These rock pools are always packed with beach-goers in summer especially families with young children.

Rock pool and the beach

Rock pool and the beach

The water is usually slightly warmer than the surf and it can be fun swimming when the surf brings huge waves into the pool.

Seagulls basking in the sun

Seagulls basking in the sun

Seagulls are nice to look at as long as there’s no food in sight. The moment they see food, they can become pesky little buggers trying to steal a chip or two. But today, we only have a couple of bottled water so they are happy for me to snap a few shots of them enjoying the sun by the rocks.

Rock formation at Dee Why beach

Rock formation at Dee Why beach

I am told Sydney is built upon a huge rock. Most of  Sydney beaches have pristine white sand and a rocky area where one can trek along, look for little crabs, slugs and sea shells.

Salt water rock pool by the beach

Salt water rock pool by the beach

Rock formation at Dee Why beach

Rock formation at Dee Why beach

I can’t remember my physical geography lessons but I’m sure these unusual rock formation has something to do with the wind, the sun and the water over hundreds of years.

Rock pool and the beach

Rock pool and the beach

Surprisingly, the beach is not crowded even though it’s a beautiful day and it’s almost 11 o’clock on a Saturday morning. Although the wind is still slightly chilly, the sun is keeping us nice and warm.

Bushwalk along the cliff's edge at Dee Why

Bushwalk along the cliff's edge at Dee Why

We trek towards the cliff located at the southern end of Dee Why beach. It is a fairly steep climb but there are steps and hand rails for a pleasant walk.

Taking in the view of Dee Why beach

Taking in the view of Dee Why beach

If you want to stop for a breather, there are park benches located along the nature strip where you can take in panoramic views of the entire beach that runs 1.2km along the eastern border of the suburb.

View of the rock pool and Dee Why beach from the cliff top

View of the rock pool and Dee Why beach from the cliff top

We have hardly began our bushwalk and already, the view is magnificent from the top. You can see the rock pool is located just next to the surf.

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

There are literally hundreds of bush walking trails around Sydney harbour and depending on the season, these trails attract many tourists, bird-watchers and nature lovers.

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

Bushwalking trail at Dee Why

Lookout points are the rewards of walking a jagged and rocky trail. The essentials for bush walking are comfortable walking shoes, a pair of sunnies to protect your eyes, a hat, sunscreen and bottled water.

View of the Tasman Sea and beyond from a cliff top at Dee Why

View of the Tasman Sea and beyond from a cliff top at Dee Why

And the views on a nice sunny day are often nothing short of spectacular.

View of the rock pool and Dee Why beach

View of the rock pool and Dee Why beach

We head back towards The Strand after our walk and surprisingly it is still relatively quiet for a weekend.

Dee Why beach

Dee Why beach

It is almost lunch time so we head towards the cafe and restaurant strip along The Strand.

Beach goers at Dee Why

Beach goers at Dee Why

There are so many restaurants, bars and cafes to choose from where one can have anything from fish and chips, hamburgers, sushi, seafood, a cocktail or a beer and even Thai food.

Al fresco dining along The Strand at Dee Why beach

Al fresco dining along The Strand at Dee Why beach

Flat white $4.50

Flat white $4.50

After browsing a few menus and blackboard specials along the walkway, we settle into the Sandbar.

Many cafes also offer all day breakfast during weekends and as we look around, we see locals having mostly breakfast or simply sitting out in the sun enjoying a cup of coffee. There are the few who have started on a beer or two at the local bar.

These places become THE place to hang out for locals especially during the height of summer.

Either have a picnic by the park or wander down to your favourite bar or restaurant to meet friends and have a meal.

We settle for breakfast after our morning hike.

Poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread toast $15

Poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread toast $15

I order a poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread toast. I must say the standard of breakfast in Sydney cafes has generally gone up a few notches.

Runny poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread toast $15

Runny poached eggs, bacon and Turkish bread toast $15

My poached eggs are cooked to perfection with a soft and runny yolk, while the bacon is gently crisp.

Breakfast bruschetta - goat cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and rocket on toast

Breakfast bruschetta - goat cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and rocket on toast $14.50

Mysaucepan orders a breakfast bruschetta that comes with goat cheese, prosciutto, pine nuts and rocket leaves on toast and drizzled with honey. Simple yet delicious, especially after a morning walk.

Dee Why beach

Dee Why beach

Fun in the sun - weekend BBQ by Dee Why beach

Fun in the sun - weekend BBQ by Dee Why beach

By noon, the crowds begin to stroll in and we see weekend BBQs and picnics by the beach.

So dear readers, which is your favourite beach in your city?

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10 Responses to Bushwalk and breakfast at Dee Why beach

  1. Raymund says:

    Wow thats a really nice day!

  2. I don’t really have a favourite beach although a quiet one is always nice. I haven’t been to the beach much since moving from the North to the East although we’ve been to Bondi a few times.

  3. Sissi says:

    Gorgeous landscapes and a fabulous breakfast! This is what I call a perfect beginning of the day.

  4. Juliana says:

    Wow, what a lovely place…love the beach and the rock formation is beautiful…seeing these pictures made me feel that I just had a day off , although virtually, still very soothing…thank you so much for sharing these awesome pictures…
    The food looks delicious…I can never resist a runny egg yolk :)
    Have a wonderful week!

  5. Is that Mysaucepan with a long hair? :D

    Beautiful beach! And now I’m getting envious that you guys will have a nice spring and summer…as we are going to have cold weather… depressing!

    I love the picture with egg yolk running out – you are such a great photographer. I (or my husband) never succeed with restaurant pictures most of the time. You make me want to eat eggs right away…but we usually have it on weekends (someone cannot wake up early enough on school days.. um, me? haha). Thanks for sharing!

  6. Celia says:

    Lovely post, thanks Chopinand. Thoroughly enjoyed reading it and admiring your great photos over my breakfast toast and tea.. :)

  7. I think you went bushwalking on the most perfect day. Look at the blue sky! It really makes me so happy to be living in sydney. I think you had the perfect feed after a bushwalk as well. Look at that oozing egg…. soooooo sexy looking.

  8. Gorgeous! Bring on some warm weather here too please.

  9. Winston says:

    AMAZING SHOTS, Chopin! Love that you showcase more of Sydney than just the Food. And amazing beaches like these is definitely what we lack immensely in Melbourne. Haven’t found a beach that I liked (that doesn’t require less than a 2hr drive). You guys are lucky! And what gorgeous weather. Perfect way to spend the weekend with the wife eh? Good stuff

  10. Hotly Spiced says:

    I love Dee Why Beach. It’s a very pretty beach and when I was a teenager the strip along The Strand was very grotty and full of milk bars selling chicko rolls and potato scallops and you could smell the grease for a mile. Things in Dee Why have certainly changed for the better. I think Balmoral Beach is my favourite – although not good for surfers! xx

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