Dee Why Lagoon

Today (Friday 21 November) was forecast to be one of the hottest November days in Sydney. 40 degrees centigrade. Fortunately it didn’t peak that high, but at 10 am it was 38 degrees and warm enough. By 3 pm I was fed-up of being indoors so set out for the beach at Dee Why, a mere 5 minute walk away. I took a book and headed for shade near the sea swimming pool at the south end of the beach. After an hour, I decided that it was cool enough in the breeze to head off for a walk along the beach. Walking on the sand is very good for rough heels. 🙂


I kept to the edge of the surf as I headed towards the metal pole featured in my previous post, stopping occasionally to see if I could spot a surfer. At the post I headed up into the sand dunes which were apparently once 20 metres high, and found a trail that led to the lagoon, once home to black swans, but sadly no more. Within moments the roar of the ocean was left behind and only birdsong could be heard in the stillness surrounding the lagoon.

A trail leads around the lagoon to Long Reef Beach where a couple of weeks ago I watched school-kids learn to paddle surf. When the sea is cut off from the lagoon, as today, you can walk over to a boardwalk and up the Dee Why headland for 360 degree views.  I opted to give this a miss and made my way back to the edge of the surf to walk back along Dee Why beach back to the Strand, letting the sea breeze caress my skin.

It did occur to me to put my sandals back on and also keep an eye out for snakes. I have no idea if there are any around here, but since Australia has the most poisonous snakes in the world it makes sense to be careful.


I’m still amazed to see so many Aussies lying out in the sun without shade. Hardly anyone wears a hat, even children! I feel like a right tourist in mine!


‘Slip, Slop, Slap! It sounds like a breeze when you say it like that Slip, Slop, Slap! In the sun we always say ‘Slip, Slop, Slap!’

Slip, Slop, Slap! Slip on a shirt, slop on sunscreen and slap on a hat Slip, Slop, Slap! You can stop skin cancer – say: ‘Slip, Slop, Slap!’

What happened?

Has the ozone hole healed up?

It certainly doesn’t feel like it.

Perhaps they need to reinstate this advert!

Arrived back to a very warm flat, but a nicely chilled New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc that I had popped into the freezer before I left.

If you enjoy a walk, short or long, then you may enjoy visiting Jo’s Monday Walk where you are in for a treat.

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I have lived in the UK for most of my life, but when young I definitely had wanderlust and even ended up living in South Africa for several years which was a wonderful experience. I now look forward to a long and leisurely retirement doing what I like most - gardening, photography, walking and travelling.

40 thoughts on “Dee Why Lagoon”

  1. There’s nothing quite like a walk on an Aussie beach. Lovely photos, Jude. They may not have had hats but I bet most of the kids had either wetsuits or rashies on. Some of the message is getting through. 🙂

    1. Some had the wetsuits on, but when I was here before all kids seemed to wear the hats with the neck protection, now none of them do. My babies always wore hats too (they were all born in SA) so I have a thing about sun on babies heads and faces. Just surprised me I guess.

  2. I’m shocked that the Australians don’t take more care in the sun. I thought they were really into sunscreens and hats. What a lovely walk you had, although I don’t think that sandals would offer much protection if a snake decided to bite you. I’m sure that chilled wine went down a real treat. Don’t you have air con in the flat?

    1. I am surprised too, given the hole in the ozone layer overhead, but a brown tanned body is just too good to miss out on. On my previous visit people seemed to wear T-shirts and sit under shade more. New generation I suppose. And no, the flat doesn’t have air-con! And not much of a breeze either even with windows open on both sides!

  3. It’s been a while since i’ve been there, but it is a nice area. Go up further north to Palm Beach if yo get the time.

    People like to burn for some reason.

  4. Working in the department for dermatology, I feel rather speechless reading your post, Jude. Melanoma is seriously bad news. Lovely images from a part of the world totally unbeknown to me!

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