If you don’t know, water-transport is pretty popular in Australia. Around Sydney there are Ferry Stations to reach other points in the country. One such point of attraction where you can reach through the Ferry, is the ‘Manly beach’ . It takes a 40 minute long Ferry ride from Circular Quay ( very near to The Opera House).
The Ferry Journey
We had to take an initial 10 minute Ferry ride from Darling Harbour to reach the Circular Quay. There were all-day passes for 23$ available in the station, we get to use it any number of times in any bus or ferry for 24 hour. Once we reached the Circular Quay Ferry station we took the 40 minute long Ferry to the Manly beach. The journey was a beauty, we get to see the Opera house up close in a different view. The Ferry stops right near the manly beach. There is a 10 minutes walk to the beach.On the way there are several shops and activities that tourists would love to explore. Surfing, is a common activity in Manly beach, many shops nearby sell the accessories for Surfing.
Reaching the Manly Beach
We reached the beach very quickly and enjoyed the view for sometime. There were people 200 meters into the beach waiting for the waves to surf. This was the most common activity there.
|Our target was to reach the tip of the distant hill in this photo. We did reach.|
Walking to the Hills
We continued walking through the costal border to the Blue-drive area, in about 20 minutes we walked through a smaller beach where people were engaged in scuba diving and making barbecue. Expecting a breath-taking view from a nearby hill we continued, taking the uphill journey. Again it was 20 minutes walk up the hill through a small walk-way among the dense bushes. Finally we reach the highest place on that area, from where we had amazing view of the Manly beach and a whole large portion of the city behind it. We decided to walk back to the Circular Quay following the most accessible path as close as possible to the costal border. Now, that decision really paid off. Luckily, the walk-ways through the bushy region are well maintained and we had the chance to be quite close to the nature. At times we’d reach residential towns in the area and disappear into the nearest walk-ways to the bushes.
|The beach with scuba diving|
A Surprising view of Collins Beach
Just as we to a steep slope among the walk-way we were surprised to find ourselves in the most beautiful place we’ve seen so far in Australia ‘The Collins Beach’. Its very small beach covered with trees and hill on both sides yet providing an excellent view of the beach. There is a spring water flowing through the rocks in the corner and joining to the sea. We spent a while there for lunch.
We continues to walk till we reached the Manly Beach Ferry Point.
|Panorama shot of the collins beach|
Ferry Back to Circular Quay
We took a Ferry back to the Circular Quay. Now, this journey was better than the one we had in the morning. It was a great weather and we could see the beautiful sunset near the bridge and The Opera House on all its glory.
|Beautiful, but not real. Possibly a prank by someone.|
|View from the hill tip|
|View from the hill-top|
|Reaching residential towns in between|
|Spring in the collin's beach|
|Sights on our walk back to the Ferry point|
|Another sight on our walk back to the Ferry point|