Yes, Manly is the name of a real place and the inspiration behind it is because Capt. Arthur Phillip (yes, I don’t really know who he is either) thought the indigenous people looked quite manly and so he thought the name apt.
To get to Manly from the city centre of Sydney, you catch a ferry which takes about 30 mins to get to there. There are other options like taxi (very expensive option), buses or perhaps even walking (while I assume you can walk unless you are looking to develop bionic thighs and a butt of steel, I would not recommend it). The ferry is the nicest option in any case as you get a very different view of the city that you probably can’t get any other way! Ferry price is also quite reasonable – Australian $14.80 return (or Australian $7.40 for single journeys).
In any case, we caught the ferry from Circular Quay (the main terminal near the Opera House and Harbour) to Manly Wharf. The view of the city as we departed were pretty good – especially as we were blessed with more blue skies than feathers on a goose!
Even the bits with clouds overhead just looked dramatic in contrast to the blue skies in the background…
It was winter but as you can see, everyone’s still out on their boats and having fun! If there’s something Australia is blessed with, it’s definitely great weather! I feel it’s so much easier to stay fit here as the weather lets you get out more. That’s my excuse for the “winter weight” I’ve been putting on lately anyway… 😉
Soon enough, we arrived at Manly Wharf…
First thing we did (after finding our friends who had literally just moved to Sydney on the same day – talk about fantastic coincidence eh?) was to head down to the beach! The beaches here are pretty great! Like their weather wasn’t good enough, everyone has access to beaches like this all year round. (It’s been raining all day in Wales today – coupled with some intense fog. I’m not complaining. I’m not complaining. I’m not complaining. If I say it enough times maybe I will believe it! 🙂 )
Finally we headed back to the town to get something to explore it some more and get something to eat!
As we were by the seaside, seafood was a natural option obviously! 🙂
(And pies! I love pies!)
Finally, we bade Manly a temporary farewell – we would be back later that evening but for now, we were going to hop into the car and set off to explore other parts of Sydney!