First published on 6 Sep 2010. Updated on 15 Sep 2010.
Manly Ferry Ride
For 155 years, the Manly Ferry has been a quintessentially Sydney adventure. Today, stepping aboard these noble crafts bound for lunching, walking, shopping or beaching experiences is to know why Manly is “seven miles from Sydney, a thousand miles from care” and exciting as it ever was – the soothing chug of the motors, the tranquil churn of the big blue beneath, the thrill of the vistas passing by, the smug serenity in knowing that only in Sydney can such a trip be made.
Manly Ferries depart every half hour from Circular Quay and the 30-minute journey offers sensational views and whale-spotting opportunities for just $13.20/$6.60 return. Timetables and info: (131 500 or Sydney Ferries).
* Family Funday Sunday: For a flat fare of $2.50 parents and their kids can enjoy a great day with unlimited travel on Sydney ferries, buses and trains and ferries.
Manly Bike Tours
With over 20km of dedicated cycleways – many forged as walking trails by Manly’s Aboriginal warrior tribes 20,000 years ago – Manly has plenty to offer the cyclist. Manly Bike Tours’ new premises are right opposite the ferry terminus and they offer four self-guided tours of varying ease for $28 per day. Shop 6, Grand Esplanade, 54 West Esplanade Manly 2095 (02 8005 7368).
Manly Boat & Kayak
August is prime whale watching time in Manly and what better way to get close to these gentle giants of the sea than up close in a boat or from a kayak as you paddle your way around Manly’s beaches, coves and pristine shoreline. East Side Pier, Manly Wharf 2095 (0412 622 662).
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