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Northampton, United Kingdom
August 24, 2009
From journal The City on the Sea
August 11, 2006
From journal Nine Days in Australia
August 7, 2006
At the ferry terminal in Manly, it was a walk across the street to the Curso, the boardwalk of shops and fish & chip places that separate the beach from the town. The fish & chips smelled good and the shops looked inviting with lots of knick knacks to spend my money on, but I was tired, had a headache, and much to driven by a desire to sleep on sand to stop. Another walk across a street lead me to the steps of the beach. It wasn't very big, easily walked from end to end and being a workday, very few people were milling about. The water, however, was packed with surfers. To my left were the eight volleyball nets that lined the beach, but they were empty. The noon sun was warm on this brisk fall day so I walked to the middle of the beach and set my stuff down for an afternoon nap.
Three hours later I awoke to the sound of children. A group of school girls had arrived for afternoon volleyball practice at Manly (What a classroom!). Finally having gotten some sleep, I strolled the beach which has soft, fine brown sugar sand in a perfect crescent shape. The beach was lined by fur trees towering above the beach walkway and casting late afternoon shadows over the volleyball nets. Ocean-front homes and apartments clung to the cliffs on each end of the beach. Several joggers ran back and forth. There was more activity now, perhaps people were getting an early start to their weekend. After walking the full length of the beach I returned to the volleyball nets to find the schoolgirls gone and some adults playing. Finally my chance to play in the Southern Hemisphere! I asked if a landlocked Coloradoan could join them and they let me. Ian and Jess allowed me to pepper with them before playing a game with two other guys. It was not a pretty game; I was still jet lagged and hadn't played in sand (especially this deep) in years and struggled getting around. Jess didn't seem to mind. One game was enough for me (and probably enough for Jess too) so I sat out the next two games opting to take photos of my gracious hosts. Yawning I knew it was time to go and said goodbye to the locals and headed back to the ferry terminal just making the 5:30 return trip.
From journal Far Side of the World, Part I
May 4, 2006
From journal Sydney: Worth All the Fuss
London, United Kingdom
May 1, 2006
From journal The watery city of Sydney - Gleaming, Glittering and Gigantic
January 30, 2006
Manly is a beach resort town located across the harbour at a distance of 12km from the Sydney city centre. It's not as famous as Bondi Beach, but apparently it's much quieter. I have never been to Bondi Beach, so I can't compare. Basically it is not much more than a suburb of Sydney, with around 35000 inhabitants.
But the town has got more to offer than only a commuter's accommodation. Manly's city centre is located on a peninsula, with the Sydney Harbour on the west side of the town and the Pacific Ocean on the east side. The Manly beach, located at the Pacific Ocean is a decent sand strip great for sunbathing or swimming in the sea. As this is one of the most famous beach towns in the Sydney area, there are of course lots of bars, restaurants, souvenir shops, etc.
We did a day trip to Manly from Sydney. In the morning we took a half an hour ferry ride from Circular Quay directly to Manly. It costs 6AU$ one way and runs the whole day. From the ferry you will get a beautiful view on Sydney's CBD, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. You arrive at the Manly wharf, and from there we walked through the town to end at the Manly beach. In this part of town there are many shops and bars. From all parts of Manly you can make many beautiful walking trails. From Manly beach we did the 30 min Fairfax walk on the peninsula in the south of the town, ending at the wharf.
We continued our walk past the wharf for 1 hour (part of the Manly scenic walkway) to end in Dobroyd Head where you can find a nice secluded beach, some beautiful scenery and a beautiful view on the Sydney skyline. You can walk further along the scenic walkway to Sydney, but we decided to take a bus back to the city centre, because it was still a 2 hour walk!
From journal Summer in Australia's Biggest City
San Luis Obispo, California
July 28, 2005
The town of Manly is touristy but fun, and there are several gift shops that are fun to poke around in looking for the perfect Australia souvenir (I found these shops to be much cheaper than the shops downtown). There are cute restaurants and bars all around. I thoroughly enjoyed spending an afternoon and evening in Manly, as it is a nice reprieve from the city and a very relaxing place to spend some time.
From journal G'day from Sydney
March 19, 2004
Manly is actually 2 beaches. There is a quieter leeward side where people scuba, kayak, sail, parasail and swim. That is the side the ferry boats come in to. A walk down a block or so of shops, however, will take you to the side of Manly that gets surf!
You can rent a surfboard if you haven't packed yours, of you can just watch the fun from the beach or one of a number of restaurants. Both shops are restaurants run from the budget conscious to the outrageous. It's definitely worth making an afternoon of ... and you can make it as exciting or relaxing as you want.
From journal Australia 2004 - Sydney
by globe trotter
Manchester, United Kingdom
November 17, 2000
From journal From Sydney to Manly: 12 minutes on a JetCat
Boca Raton, Florida
September 29, 2000
From journal What you can do with 3 weeks down under Mate!