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From Sydney to Manly, and the 10km Walk

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Friday 28th January 2011 – Manly, Australia

Having said goodbye to a friend yesterday as she began her trip back home, leaving just the two of us, we decided to make the most of the day, and to go on a trip to Manly. We knew of a walk we could do around the coast, and it seemed the perfect way to get back into travelling mode.

Katie was feeling sad about saying goodbye to Lisa yesterday, and wanted some way to take her mind of it. This was evident in many ways as the two of us walked to the ferry to take us across the water to Manly. It was cooler today, and quite cloudy. I decided this may a good thing, seeing as I seem to burn very easily, and as we would be walking for much of the day, it would be nice to feel a little cooler. We arrived at the ferry port and managed to jump straight onto the ferry. In fact, we just walked on, as jumping on would be very silly.

Lazing in a HammockWe arrived at Manly, which incidentally, is close to where they film ‘Home and Away’, the Australian television soap. Palm Beach – where they film the beach scenes – is just north of Sydney and Manly. I want to – at some point on this trip – visit the beach for myself. Upon arrival into Manly, we immediately set out on our exploration walk, and instantly found ourselves on beautiful secluded beaches. It was lovely to be here without anyone else around. The weather was keeping most people away, as it was raining off and on throughout the morning, but it was still warm, and at times the sun would come out and it would feel like a hot summer day.

Perfect Spot for a PicnicAt one point we managed to get ourselves lost, which is quite clever for such a small place, but nonetheless, we asked a local for directions and set off again. Again, I love how friendly everyone is here in Australia. Once back on the right track, we soon discovered much more in the way of stunning scenery, thick bushland and beautiful beaches. We also saw a lot of wildlife on the walk, different to that back home of course. I was busily snapping away on my camera.

A Bird Posing in the SunThe 10km walk was tough, and took most of the day to complete, but it was a great day. The weather hadn’t been too bad, and I was getting used to wearing this hat of mine. At the end of the walk was a conveniently-located bus stop, so we hopped on and took the ride back to the ferry port. Actually, we didn’t hop on, we just walked on.

Yacht Race on a Gloomy DayThe ferry was a little while off yet, so we took a while to get something to eat and kill a bit of time in Manly Wharf first. Once the ferry was here, we stepped on board and rested our achy bodies for the 40 minutes it takes to get back to Sydney. I love the ride back, as you can see the City coming into view, then the Opera House followed closely by the Bridge. Today was an added bonus in that there was some sailing competition going on, and there were hundreds of small yachts flocking our way in the gloomy atmosphere, flickering every once in a while as the sun pushed its way through the thick layers of cloud. When the sun did push through, it was almost as if beams of light were illuminating various contestants in the race, like spotlights from high above. It looked very dramatic, albeit quite cool in the breeze sitting out on the deck of the ferry.

There were no free busses again today to take us back to the hostel, so we endured yet more walking, and by the time we arrived back, we were exhausted. The evening was spent in front of the television as Murray was playing in a tennis match. Embarrassingly, I had no idea who he was playing, at what stage of the competition it was, or even what competition it was. Needless to say I cheered him on anyway, and he looked as though he was playing pretty well. We didn’t stay to the end, we were far too tired.

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