We are on a continuous quest to find the best, most family-friendly beach in the Northern suburbs. (To us, this is defined as sheltered, warm waters, mild waves). In this, we have a new champion - Dee Why lagoon and beach.
The lagoon waters were warm! Even hubby and I, who usually put a foot into sea waters with great trepidation, went in for a soak. Granted the waters are very shallow (when we went at 3pm), and probably of little interest to those who want to swim, but they were perfect for us and the kids.
See those shallow pools of water? Perfect for dragging the skim board across. I also saw some babies sitting comfortably in some natural 'baby pools'.
This is where the lagoon meets the sea.
When we left at 6pm, the tide was coming in, which made the lagoon deeper. I stood for a while to watch the raging sea waves surge into the narrow opening of the lagoon. The waves made interesting, almost mesmerising, geometric patterns as they collided into each other from different angles.
This is a swarm of seagulls in the air. I also saw a pelican in flight. Hubs and the kids flew kites here, taking advantage of the stronger winds.
Not 200 metres away from the calm lagoon, the beach waves ferociously pound upon themselves as they break. Someone told me once of a way to make electricity using the power of waves - I could see how that could be harnessed here.
I prefer calm waters for practical purposes, but I like to watch and listen to waves. There is something soothing about the rhythmic pattern, the incessant pull and push of the forces.
There were a few surfers out on the day. I didn't realise this one was there when I took this shot. Do you see the hidden picture?
Check out this junior riding on the waves.