In my opinion there is no better way to give your mind a rest than to spend a couple of days one on one with nature, without mobile phone and internet. Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park, NSW, Australia is one such place where you can get away from daily routines.
There are a lot of nice walking tracks. Last year my wife and I had a couple of walks and we were impressed by the environment, nature, bushes and lookouts with great water views. One real good example it is the one I mentioned in my previous article "Ku-ring-gai lookout to Palm Beach, Sydney"
This time we decided to take 2-day boat trip and view the same environment and nature of Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park from water. We were lucky and the weather was nice. Bright sun makes the water deep blue and sparkling.
There are a lot of lovely, quiet bays in the Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park where you can moor at a buoy and stay up to 24 hours
We started our trip from Akuna Bay. It is a complete marine village in the idyllic surrounds of Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park. After sailing for an hour we left Cottage Point on the left and made our first stop in Smiths Creek. We rowed cruiser’s small plastic boat around this lovely place and enjoyed the silence and excellent views then we had breakfast, which was our first meal on the cruiser (I marked the route as Red on the map).
It was a big challenge for us to hook up the first buoy. It was stressful but we ended up catching without any problem. Now we had some experience how to manoeuvre the boat and it was not a problem to hook up any next buoys
After 2 hours relaxing, looking around at the beautiful hills and listening to the birds we sailed to the next place, Bobbin Head. It took us around 20 minutes.
There we met a yacht. The fellow on it caught a big black fish with red fins and asked us: "What is it?" ;)) We had no idea. We are the last people to ask about fish ;)
What I like about being on the water that everybody waves you ;)
After enjoying the environment we decided to go to Yeomans Bay to stay there overnight ;) (blue route on the map). At this time of year (end of July) in Australia it becomes dark around 5:30.
My wife and I had a wonderful candlelit dinner which made a brilliant end to this great first day. We sat for a while on the deck in the silence and went to the bed early as next day we planned to sail at sunrise
It was a great day as all worries which are always with you in everyday life disappeared. No internet, no mobile, just nature and awesome water views.
A little bit of history: Ku-ring-gai Chase National Park was opened in 1894. It is where the Hawkesbury River flows into the sea. In 2006 this park was added to the Australian National Heritage List.