Life’s A Beach

The town of Manly is just 30 minutes north of Sydney, Australia by ferry. It is a town that caters to tourists and young professionals who make their living in the city but prefer to live in a place that is more relaxed and with less congestion. It also boasts one of the finest ocean beaches in the world – warm brown sand, abundant surf and a tree lined promenade that stretches for two miles or more along the verge of the Pacific.

My wife and I went to visit Manly during our recent trip to Australia. We chanced upon a delightful small hotel that had an ocean view and a roof top sundeck with pool that was reasonably priced. We liked it so much, we wound up calling the kids back in Sydney to say we had decided to stay an extra night.

Protected beach just a 10 minute walk from Manly.

Aussies are an active lot. Everywhere we looked, people were walking, jogging, biking, surfing, or taking courses at the local surf rescue school. At 7 a.m., we looked out the window to see a group of young men and women taking boxing lessons on the beach. Later, we watched as a young family went power walking down to the ferry landing to see Dad off to work in Sydney. He had his briefcase and suit coat over his shoulder. She was pushing the double wide stroller so the kids could wave to him from the shore. Somehow, commuting by ferry doesn’t seem as numbing as taking the Long Island Railroad into Manhattan every day.

Sydney Harbor from the air with Manly in the foreground

Every time we go away, we ponder what it would be like to live in the areas we visit. Mostly, reality kicks in after a little while and we are glad to get back home when the journey is over. But we could live in Manly and be very happy. It is a nice blend of beachside life in a warm and scenic setting but with all the benefits of the city just a ferry ride away.

Later in our travels, we spent an afternoon at Bondi Beach, one of the most iconic shorefront communities in the world.  But as pretty as Bondi is, the area was too crowded, too frantic and had too much traffic for our tastes. Plus, there is something about taking a ferry ride on Sydney Harbor that is delightfully relaxing, especially compared to the combination of trains and buses needed to get to Bondi.

Bondi Beach Panorama

We’re not sure when we will be going back to Australia, but we know that when we do, more time in Manly will be on the agenda. Lovely town. Can’t wait to sit on this bench again and gaze out at the town of Manly and the ocean beyond.

A peaceful place by the sea.

You can see all of the photos from the Manly excursion at this link.  Enjoy!




About Steve Hanley

Totally enamored with my family, my grandkids, and seeing the world.
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5 Responses to Life’s A Beach

  1. Jason Carpp says:

    Awesome pictures! Thanks for posting! I so want to visit! When did you get to visit Australia, or are you still there? Please keep me informed of more pics. If you have any cool car photos, I’d love to see them.

    • Steve Hanley says:

      Thanks, Jason. For more pixs, follow the links at the bottom of this post and the Newcastle post two before this one. For more on Australia, check out the story of my trip in 2009, which is elsewhere on my blog at this link:

      This trip was about 2 weeks long and was mostly centered around visiting my son and his family, who live in Sydney. But I had to do some sightseeing while there as well.

      We have some excellent beaches here in Rhode Island. I have spent time on wonderful beaches in Florida and Puerto Rico. Visited Hawaii, including the incredibly scenic island of Kuaii. But I think Manly beach is my favorite of all. The combination of being able to step right out of your hotel room onto the beach, the warm Pacific water, the vibrant beach culture and the presence of Sydney just across the harbor makes it ideal, in my mind.

      • Jason Carpp says:

        Thanks. I’ll have to check out the pictures. You have a son who lives in Sydney? Sweet! What kind of work does he do in Sydney? I got to visit Kuaii a few years ago. That was beautiful! I’ve always wanted to visit Australia. The only problem is that I don’t know anyone who lives anywhere there.

      • Steve Hanley says:

        It’s time to make some friends online then! I have traveled though much of France and Italy with friends I met online.

        My son and his wife own a thriving building maintenance company.

      • Jason Carpp says:

        Thanks. I’ll have to check that out. I’d love to visit France, italy, and Germany. I got to visit England a few years ago. I loved it! I felt as though I was home once again, even though it was the first time I ever visited the UK.

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