Blogs from Manly, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly April 12th 2018

Before coming to Australia, we had been told numerous times by numerous people that no visit to Sydney was complete without a trip to the north side of the harbour, out to world renowned Manly Beach, so Kevin and I packed our towels and set off. We took the ferry from Sydney harbor, a 30 minute trip across the open water. There were dozens of ships of all shapes and sizes dotting the water. Traffic was busy and it was fun to watch the sailboats make a quick effort to avoid our massive ferry, which has the right of way apparently. Sydney is a nautical enthusiasts dream, if I had a boat I would set sail for these waters immediately. Before long we arrived at Manly Wharf. It's a very picturesque beach town and although our ... read more
Manly Beach Proper
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Darling Harbour

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly March 13th 2018

Découverte de la baie de Sydney malgrè un temps maussade grâce au ferry pour Manly, sa plage, ses surfeurs, ses sauveteurs et ses retraités... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly February 17th 2017

" The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands" - Sir Richard Burton. Any journey anywhere has a starting point and a mode of getting there. For far away lands this invariably involves flying. So.. with a curious mind I "Googled" a bit to try and understand just what this flying thing is all about. Consider this: every single day of the year in 2014 there were 102,465 flights around the globe transporting 3 billion passengers in that year alone. Believe it or not a bunch of people in an organisation by name of "Air Transaction Aviation Group" did the sums and continue to do so. Staggering numbers indeed! So when the Elliott's get boarding passes for Cathay Pacific flight CX 748 to Hong Kong, it is a piddly drop ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly February 16th 2017

" Travel is best measured in friends, rather than miles"- Tim Cahill New Zealand remained our main destination but we had planned to spend a week in Sydney connecting and catching up with family. Sue's entire family live in Sydney so some quality time was spent with brother Rory and his wife Brenda Lynsky and their family comprising of the Smith's and Kelly's and their four beautiful daughters. Rory had spent some time planning for our time with them and we were able to undertake a daily smorgasbord of travel and sightseeing delights. And believe me Sydney is a city to delight anyone! A quick scan on the Internet of the World's most liveable cities throws up some surprises. Vienna, Hong Kong, Istanbul, New York, that order # 1 to # 5. Well,I have been ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly March 22nd 2016

Well I'm sorry it's taken such a long time to write my blog, mummy says the internet's not been working, too boring! Our last week in Australia has flown by in a blur of lunches and beaches and mountains and ice creams, and though I always have a really good memory, I am worried about forgetting some of my adventures. That's why writing my blog is important, so that even when I'm a really big girl (5 years old) I will still remember. At the farm we had two days away from the seaside, so we made up for it by playing for 2 hours straight in the sea at Shelley Beach in Manly. It was brilliant, I got lots of water in my face and didn't shout or cry, and Olivia can nearly surf! On ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly March 8th 2016

So Good news... We thought it might never happen but Mummy and I are in Sydney!! It was rather a long plane ride, and actually mummy says its the biggest plane ride of all because Australia is the other side of the whole world so is the farthest you can go. Wait til I tell my friends that! We went on the plane for 13 hours to Singapore, and I had quite a big sleep, then we got off for just half an hour (3 peppa pigs), and got on it again! For 8 hours! Airports are generally good because there are lots of escalators, and planes aren't so bad because you get lots of food and snacks and a lady even gave me chocolate for breakfast (scoffed it before mummy noticed). I was mostly quite ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly April 17th 2015

Hello Followers, Bobby dropped Neil and I at the Manly port terminal around 8am, where we caught the ferry to the city, then the metro to the central train station, then the train to Katoomba, which is the station for the Blue Mountains. The weather was not looking promising back in Manly and Sydney, but we had our fingers crossed for the Blue Mountains, which is two hours inland. However we were not lucky at all with the weather. It wasn’t raining, but after the downpour in the night, all the paths were wet and muddy. The fog was so think on the roads that it was probably about a 10m visibility. So the views over the vast mountains were non-existent. If you are going to the Blue mountain, we would definitely recommend going yourself as ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly April 16th 2015

Hello Everyone, We woke up again at Paul and Suzanne’s flat, they were all very quiet in the morning when they left for work. Neil and I woke up about 8am; we had cereal for breakfast in the flat, and wrote up the blogs we got so behind with. I also arranged a couch surf host for two nights when we arrive in Auckland. I wrote a note to Paul and Suzanne thanking them for everything. (Neil was chuffed as he had good Wi-Fi while there for the first time in ages). About midday we caught the bus to Sydney city, headed to circular Quay and caught the ferry over to Manly. It was good that we had our OPAL cards as they got us over to Manly as well. We had arranged to stay with ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly February 18th 2015

G'day everyone, well had a lovely day on a boat, (we're looking very pink !), we decided to take the ecohopper from Circular Quay and go over to Fort Denison. It is right by the Opera House in the Ocean, so hopped off there and felt we were marooned on an island, the city seemed so close, like Alcatraz, for anyone that has been there. Decided to book onto the tower tour, as we could walk round the Fort in 5 minutes and our ferry wasn't coming back for one hour 15 minutes. There was only about 6 of us, so up the tower we went, we had a guide who was very strict, gave us a set of rules at the start and you really didn't want to disobey as she was scarey!!! The Fort ... read more

Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Sydney » Manly June 24th 2014

Jerusalem in Sydney Hanging in Sydney before, between and after breakaways to the Red Centre Outback and down south of Sydney did not have too much of the touristy things. We’ve done them all before. For us it was more important to catch up with our family and friends and spend time with knee-hi’s. There was far too little of that. Here where I sit on the other side of the continent where I am writing this I feel sad about that. As usual the photos should give a glimpse into our walkabouts but a lot of the things we did not even photograph because we simply have so many pics of that already. It was lovely spending time with the kids, my brother and his lovely wife, catching up with old school friends, old running ... read more
View from M n M's apartment - Meadowbank
Tenant in same apartment serious about other stuff
View from M n M's apartment - Meadowbank

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