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Sydney Day Trips | Manly Beach and Shelly Beach
Sydney is a beautiful city. You realize it the moment you step foot here. In fact, if you’re seated correctly on the flight in, you’ll notice it even before you land. It’s that stunning. Little did I know, it could get even more gorgeous via a short ferry ride to the Northern Beaches. On Saturday, I set off on a little journey to go explore Manly Beach and Shelly Beach and, wow, they did not disappoint. Here are the highlights:
Getting there: it’s fool-proof and remarkably simple. Don’t hop in a taxi, don’t ping an Uber, don’t hop on a bus. You simply get your bootie up to Circular Quay in the northern part of the central business district (CBD), buy your ticket (or get your Opal card out – it’s about $7 AUD each way), head over to wharf 3 and board the next Manly Ferry (also called the F1). That’s it.
Once you’re there: So you’ve made it over the harbour and have arrived at Manly Wharf. Now what? Lots of wonderful options. Walk the Corso, layout on Manly Beach or journey over to Shelly Beach. Here was my little walkabout (as I’m not super big on setting out a towel and baking in the sun):
After this, I was lucky enough to meet up with a mutual friend of mine and Daniel’s, Kristina, who happened to be in Manly as well! We had a fab little chat about real estate and digital marketing (as one does!) over coffee. I swore to Kristina I would not post the one selfie I took of us she had just had a facial and was make-up less. So there you go, Internet. I’m a man of my word!
So there you have it, kittens. If you’re in Sydney and have a day to spare, you simply must put Manly and Shelly beaches on your agenda. All told, I did the round-trip from Circular Quay in less than 5 hours and did not feel short-changed by the visit one bit. If you were to decide to add in some beach time and dinner, easily you could still be under the 10 hour mark. And for views like the above, that’s time VERY well spent. XOXO -JW