Sydney Harbour and the Manly Scenic Walkway

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Are we still in Sydney or not? Some say that we are but we feel that we’re a million miles from the hustle and bustle of Sydney city although we are only on the other side of the harbour. Obviously Sydney Harbour is absolutely enormous, but all we did was catch a ferry from Circular Quay in the heart of Sydney down the river to the lovely little town of Manly.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Waking up in a New Bed

One of the strangest things about our life now is that when we move on to a new location, not only do we have a new place to get to know but we also have a new host and a new home. It’s exciting and slightly nerve-wracking when we are on our way to an unknown place to live for a while. Now don’t get me wrong, every single one of our Airbnb hosts has been fabulous so far and some have become close friends but it’s still an odd feeling just before you meet the stranger that you’ll be living with.

It was no different this time as we climbed the stairs to a second floor apartment to meet Phil. Who knew if we’d like each other and get on? No worries there as Phil is a great guy that we both clicked with immediately, he’s an elite endurance mountain biker originally from England. Unfortunately he’s also an Arsenal fan but that’s the only real problem!

Manly Beach

Manly Beach

Manly

Manly is a cool surfing seaside town, very laid back with beaches and bars at every turn. Everyone appears to be on their way to the beach or on their back from the beach. We love it. So a couple of days lazing on the beach, Shelly Beach one day and North Steyne Beach another, plus the obligatory visit to a few bars such as the Bavarian Bier Cafe on the Wharf and the fabulous Yardarm Taphouse right on the beach. Some serious people watching went on there, Olympic standard people watching in fact!

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Scenic Walkway to The Spit

We love a bit of a walk don’t we? You all know that, so the only serious walk around these parts is the Manly Scenic Walkway. It’s a two part walk, each bit 6 to 7 miles, that goes from the town around the coastline. We did one on Wednesday and the other today. I’m not going to run through every beach and lookout point but just have to tell you that they were both incredible. Tough going as lots of steps and brushland walkways and rocky paths, but the views from almost every place were just breathtaking.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

On our way to The Spit through Sydney Harbour National Park we paddled in clear blue waters, sat and ate our lunch on overhanging rocks, passed hundreds of Australian Water Dragons, got shouted at by Kookaburras, posed for far too many cheesy photos, and in the end just ripped off our clothes and dived into the sea! Well Jo had a swimsuit, that’s all you need to know. One of the best days ever …………….ever.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Fairfax Lookout and Another Moment

Today was almost better as we crossed Manly and yomped our way up through North Head. Crazy hot today though so a fair amount of perspiring was going on but as we walked out to the edge of the Harbour National Park to Fairfax Lookout we were blown away. The view of the Pacific Ocean and the rocky coastline took our breath away.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

I always go on about moments don’t I? Well we had another at Fairfax Lookout. We stood with a load of other people watching the ships and the wildlife when a school of dolphins swam round the the rocks far below. That was great and so good to see them actually free and in the ocean but it wasn’t ‘the moment’. About 15 minutes later we just happened to be the only people there. Still daydreaming and looking out on the ocean we both said how wonderful it would be if the dolphins came back just for us.

Well they did. Seconds later about 15 of them came jumping and playing and splashing around below us. For several minutes it was just us and them and they didn’t swim past, they stayed playing right below us. Crazy I know and obviously just pure luck but we like to think they came just for us and no-one else. We hardly took any photos as we both just stood with huge smiles on our faces enjoying the moment. Unbelievable.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Now Where?

We have 3 or 4 more days here in cool and trendy Manly before heading down to Bondi Beach for another 3 or 4 days next week. Then it’s off to Melbourne on Saturday for ‘All Our Yesterdays’ when Jo will be coming face to face with someone from her past.

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

Manley Sydney New South Wales Australia JWalking

14.10 – 18.10.2015

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9 responses to “Sydney Harbour and the Manly Scenic Walkway

  1. Ahoy there!…..Just spent the evening catching up on you two land sailors. You both look and sound great. What an amazing time you are having.Loved the pics of Sam and Tabitha s`wedding, good to see the boys, Martyn and Angie too.Looking forward to your next installments. `Keep on cruising!!`….. Paul and Rosemary

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    • So pleased you are keeping up with us from so far away. Every day is a new experience and we are making sure we store up each memory for when we have to start being land lubbers again. Strange to see Angie and Martyn thousands of miles from Maidstone – they are having a great time too. Your comment “Keep on crusing” reminded me of “Carry on Cruising”. Jon makes a mean Kenneth Williams!! Wish could both have been with us for tours of The WACCA and The GABBA. They were great. Hope all is well with you. J&J xx

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    • It is truly the adventure of a lifetime……. but we love to hear of your exciting exploits as Chef de Patisserie! Our friend’s daughter is working in patisserie at the Sheriton in Melbourne – will try and catch up with her and report back. Do you want me to ask about work experience opportunities? Love J&J x

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  2. We were in Manly 20 years ago and it sounds exactly the same! It was like going back in time to a quieter age and I’m glad to see it hasn’t lost that charm. Once again rather too much sun in those photos!

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