From St Kilda Beach, we took the light rail back to the city center, back to the Melbourne Central station where we had stashed our bags in a locker, and took the bus to the airport. We flew from Melbourne to Sydney that day and arrived shortly before dinner. We were picked up at the airport by my sister’s entire family and we had dinner afterwards. It was the first time Fabio met my sister and her family and it was my first time to see them again after five years. They left the Philippines in 2011.
We were staying at an AirBnb apartment near where they live so they dropped us off at our flat. I had been carrying a big box of My Little Pony Canterlot Castle that I actually bought in the US on my trip there in November-December 2015, all the way from Florida to New York to Taipei to Manila to Perth to Melbourne and on to its final destination. It was double the price in Australia and the Philippines and since I did not have any baggage with me from the US to Australia, it was something that I did not find cumbersome. All for the love of kids! <3
The next day, we decided to take an Uber car from our flat to bring us to Manly Beach.
Manly Beach is another of Australia’s most popular suburban beaches along Sydney’s long stretch of northern coastline.
Because we were famished, we had brunch first at The Pantry, a restaurant fronting the beach, almost at the water’s edge, and probably the best place to eat at in Manly, before doing any exploration. Nothing like good food (and coffee) to start the day!
Manly Beach is a great Sydney beach for the whole family. The Manly Scenic Walkway meanders around the harbour foreshore from The Spit Bridge via Dobroyd Head to Manly through some of Sydney Harbour’s most stunning scenery and bushland. It takes about three to four hours to complete. In fact, while we were there, there was some running event going on along the walkway, with a lot of people wearing jerseys and accompanying numbers.
The 1.5 kilometre-long golden Manly Beach has a sheltered beautiful ocean pool at one end.
We walked all the way to Shelley Beach where we decided to stay for an hour or so swimming and lounging in the sun.
Thirsty and hungry, we wanted to have some food and drinks at The Boathouse, a charming restaurant and cafe on one side of Shelley Beach but Fabio needed to smoke. As everyone well knows by now, Sydney makes it very difficult for people to smoke. Cigarettes and tobacco are very expensive at 20AUD for the cheapest (about Php600) and smoking in public areas, even if they are open air, is not allowed. In bars and restaurants, they have to have the license that allows them to have a smoking area or one should smoke five meters away from the establishment’s area. We decided to walk back the way we came from. We found ourselves at Novotel, a hotel across the street with an open air bar and we saw some people outside standing and smoking so we thought it was a good place to go. We had us some mojitos while enjoying the wafting aroma of the pine trees swaying in the breeze.
We could hear loud live music playing from the beach and I convinced Fabio to come check it out. We were lucky enough to watch one of my favorite Australian indie bands perform! I was so happy! Hahaha!
We were meeting some of my friends after at the Sydney Opera House so we needed to take the ferry. Fabio had been staying at Manly Beach the first week he was in Sydney so he pretty knew his way around. We took the Corso, a pedestrian plaza that is one of Manly’s main streets for shopping and dining, and runs from the harbour beach to the ferry wharf. As always, I was fascinated by the presence of a church right in the middle of the walk and just had to take a photo of it.
Leaving Manly beach on top of the open air ferry was a nice experience.
I was so lazy I only took photos from my phone and I would not even make the effort of standing up to take photos. All is well. XOXO