Sydney headland walks: Turimetta Beach

Narrabeen Headland Trail is a beautiful part of Sydney’s Bicentennial Coastal Walk to explore, filled with spectacular scenery and the bonus of a “secret” beach, called Turimetta.

We kicked off our adventure with lunch at a cafe called Nourished, which is nestled under a stand of Norfolk Pines near Narrabeen Bridge. The cafe does an excellent Reuben sandwich, one of our favourites on the Northern Beaches, and it’s a great spot to sit and take in the view of Narrabeen Lake.

From there, it’s just a few minutes walk to North Narrabeen Rockpool, then a lovely wander around the rock platform at low tide to Turimetta Beach (pictured main).

According to Pittwater Online News, the ‘Turimetta’ name, is believed to be a local Aboriginal clan or family name. Also spelled ‘Turrametta’ – other sources state the meaning of the word is associated with ‘a beautiful place’. 

Turimetta Beach definitely is a beautiful place that’s off the beaten track and mostly frequented by locals. It’s just 350m long and backed by 20 to 30m high shale bluffs. The surf is very rocky and unpatrolled, but we didn’t take our cossies, so we were safe from aquatic harm.

We wandered along the sand to the end of the beach, then walked up to Narrabeen Park Parade and along Pearl Place, where you can stickybeak at snazzy beach houses and dreaming about owning one.

The trail along the top of the headland itself has scenic lookouts and a short bush walk, culminating with spectacular views over Narrabeen Beach and Lake, before you descend an elevated timber stairway back to the carpark near Nourished.

It’s an easy walk, especially if you descend rather than ascend the timber stairway and well worth a visit.

Narrabeen Headland, Narrabeen Park Parade, North Narrabeen NSW.

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