We continue south from our previous walk, Urunga to Hungry Head, on a perfect winters day. The sea is flat and crystal clear, the breeze cool and the sky a brilliant blue. Curling around the bay toward Wenona Headland, we admire some driftwood shelters that surfers have built in the fore dunes. A snorkeller is exploring the rocks.
Picket Hill (Nunguu Mirral Aboriginal Area) dominates the skyline to the west as we approach the point where Oyster Creek and McGraths Creek join to break through the dunes and make their way to the sea.
We reach Valla Beach exactly at low tide, which allows us to walk right around the headland, below dramatic sea cliffs and past a low sea cave, to the entrance of Deep Creek. We climb up Thomsons Rd through the old growth blackbutt forest of Valla Reserve.