Day 37 – 10th February, Manly Beach by Ferry

Cruise Opera House

Upon arrival Sydney, our plan was to catch the water shuttle to Circular Quay and board one of the harbour ferries, for the scenic trip up river to Parramatta. At Circular Quay, we asked one of the volunteers which ferry goes up river. Unfortunately, the record rains had flooded the dock, so no ferries were operating up the river that day.

Change of plans – which berth does the Manly Ferry use? We headed over to berth # 3 and hopped onto the Manly ferry.

Cruise harbour ferry at North Heads

Manly ferry

Sydney ferries provide amazing service, with a ferry departing for Manly about every 30 minutes and as seen above, these aren’t too small.

Cruise circular quay and CBD

Circular Quay & CBD

While the Circular Quay berths haven’t changed that much, since I came into Sydney in the ’70s the CBD has certainly changed, as have the condos between the ferries and the Opera House.

Cruise Circular Quay condos and Opera House

Condos and retail space

Back in the ’70s, I recall the area between the ferries and Opera House to be vacant, with a lot less people milling around.

As we departed the berth and rounded the Opera House, it afforded some excellent views, from a much lower perspective than available on the ship. Enjoy a series of Sydney Opera House photos:

Cruise Opera HouseCruise Opera House 2Cruise Opera House 5Cruise Opera House 7

Cruise Opera House 8

Sydney Opera House

We followed almost exactly the same route that we used this morning, in reverse. Sitting outside, enjoying the scenery, we were not surprised by the announcement just before reaching Sydney Heads – due to the swells, beware of spray on the outer decks. Sure enough, she dug in a couple of times, creating a little bit of spray. We got a little damp, which is part of the fun of sitting outside in the fresh air.

Cruise North Heads

Sydney North Heads

Once past the Heads the seas returned to normal and no more spray. By arrival Manly, we had been blown dry.

Cruise condos app Manly

Waterfront Condos approaching Manly Ferry Terminal

Cruise beach and marina at ferry terminal

Beach at side of ferry terminal

Cruise app Manly ferry terminal

Final approach to the ferry terminal

On disembarking we opted for the 600 yds walk to Manly Beach, of which 1/2 is a pedestrian precinct.

Cruise The Corso Manly Beach 2

The half closest to the ferry allows cars

Cruise The Corso Manly Beach

Pedestrian zone out to Manly Beach

We stopped in more than a few shops enroute, picking up a postcard and t-shirts for our Grandsons. At the end of the pedestrian zone, we crossed the road onto a long promenade along the beach. At the steps down to the beach was a red flag and a big sign notifying the beach was “Closed”. Chatting with some locals, they couldn’t recall the surf being this powerful before.

Cruise Manly beach multiple waves 2

Waves pounding ashore 2 or 3 in quick succession

Cruise Manly beach 3 quick waves

Two waves in quick succession

Cruise Manly Beach looking south

Manly Beach looking towards Shelley Head Lookout & Beach

Cruise Manly Beach looking south 2

Manly Beach with Lifeguard station

Cruise Manly Beach looking north

Manly Beach

Cruise Manly beach wide angle

Manly Beach and surf

After some relaxing, watching the surf pound ashore, we took a round-about route back to the ferry terminal, catching the next sailing to Circular Quay. We then caught the next shuttle back to White Bay, arriving about 17:30.

While we really looked forward to cruising up the river, the ferry trip to Manly was most enjoyable.

This is the final Sydney post, as we are currently steaming towards Brisbane. Hope you enjoyed reading about our travels in this great city.

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