Hello Sun, Sea & Manly Beach!
Trip Start Nov 29, 2012
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We decided to spend the day at Manly, I’d been before but wanted to see it when it wasn’t swarming with tourists
The ferry ride to Manly is always part of the fun and offers stunning views of the Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge. It was the weekend so the usual crowds were out but it wasn’t nearly as bad as it had been at New Year at Manly and I only got rammed by one buggy on the ferry which I thought was pretty good going! Oliver and I went for a scenic walk which involved getting lost in a cul-de-sac before accidently stumbling across a near deserted beach. It was a beautiful little inlet cove with the skyscrapers of Sydney and a handful of boats on the horizon. Sunbathing there was bliss and neither of us really wanted to leave. When a few clouds came in, we grudgingly grabbed our towels and headed back to the Corso (the main promenade in Manly). On our way, we were meandering along when I saw a tail poking out from the undergrowth. To my amazement, on closer inspection I realised it was a pretty big lizard and grabbed Oliver’s arm, ‘Look at that!’ I said excitedly
Once we reached Manly beach (which needless to say, looked like a bad day at Blackpool) we walked along the promenade to Shelly Beach which is famous for snorkelling and scuba diving. Despite the sand being almost gravelly, we decided to catch some more rays. Then the weirdest thing happened. It was baking hot and then it started to hammer it down with rain, even though the sun was still out. It was the strangest sensation on my skin and we joined the hoardes in grabbing our towels and making a dash for it. By the time we reached Manly beach again, it’d stopped so we sat on the sand for a couple of minutes. As we were sitting chatting, a flock of seagulls flew over and one of them took it upon itself to crap on me!
Severe epic fail.By some miracle, the little blighter missed my head but all the same, I was rather unimpressed and jumped into the sea to wash it off, much to the amusement of Mr You like Party?? I was completely mortified
Once back in Sydney, we received a tip off at the hostel that there was going to be fireworks at Darling Harbour that evening. Apparently it’s a weekly tradition every Saturday evening So Mr You like Party? and I headed down and waited and waited. I went to get some sushi and we waited some more. Then, the person next to me turned and said ‘Oh there aren’t going to be any fireworks tonight because it’s Earth Day.’ I mean, seriously?! Bloody typical.