Friday, May 8, 2009

Manly, yes, but we liked it too (Apr. 28/09 - Sydney, Australia)

Day 2 of walking around Sydney, we headed up George Street and went all the way up to Circular Quay, where we headed for Manly, a pretty area of greater Sydney on the north shore of the harbour. They ferry pulled out and cruised right past the Opera House, giving us yet another angle on it with the big city behind it. Moving east, we went past Fort Denison on a tiny island out in the harbour, past Navy ships moored alongside the wharf, past bays full of yachts, more tiny islands, and point after hill after beach loaded with houses and apartments. After turning north with the harbour, the mouth of the inlet was before us, where big open ocean waves crashed against the cliffs on both headlands bordering the entrance. Manly is a cute little area on the north peninsula that includes pedestrian mall areas full of shops, big pretty beaches, and National Park land extending out to the inlet mouth. We took a walk east along the shore, past beaches where penguins supposedly nest, and up over headlands that once housed the Little Manly Gasworks plant and have since been converted into parks.

We met up with one of my sister's friends for a visit, and she took us over to the beach and then out for a drink to catch up since I last saw her three years ago. Before we knew it, it was getting dark, so we hopped back on the ferry and cruised back to the inner harbour and enjoyed night time views of the Opera House (despite the cold wind) since it's all lit up at night. It was a long walk back to the hostel, and after dinner we spent the rest of the evening doing a major blog update and some packing in preparation for our flight to Fiji tomorrow.

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