Postcard from Manly

We were in Sydney and the weather was great, so we decided to visit Manly. OK, there's a second Manly in Queensland, but the NSW one is bigger and better.

The easiest way to get there is on one of the ferries from Circular Quay. It takes 30 minutes and costs about $7.50. The ferries are fascinating. They are the first boats I've seen with no discernable stern, and with 2 bows. They've got a bridge and propellers at each end. They look a bit strange, but it does mean they don't have to turn round.

Manly is beautiful. Just outside the jetty is one of the best coffee places we found in Sydney, and across the road is a pedestrial precinct leading to an incredible beach. Even on a warm winter day there were people swimming and surfing. If you walk south for about a kilometer along the shore, past some houses that got battered in a recent storm, there's a fence blocking the path. A fence you can climb round, as a lot of people seem to do. The whole bay is a protected area and scuba diving is common. We saw 2 or 3 groups in the couple of hours we were there.

The beach looks narrower by longer than Bondi, and personally, I think it's better. But maybe that's just me.

If you walk back to the bay to the left of the jetty Manly Yacht Club does wonderful lunches. Well worth a visit.

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