Exploring Sydney - Manly

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Flag of Australia  , New South Wales,
Wednesday, September 12, 2012

We decided to explore Sydney using public transport and with the caravan park only 750 m from the North Ryde train station we set out exploring. We purchased a weekly multi pass which allowed us to travel on as many trains, buses and ferries as we liked during the week. As the train arrived the kids were amazed to see that the trains were double deckers and immediately insisted on sitting on the upper floor. Jumping on the train we headed towards the city and were lucky enough to get some helpful information on the public transport system from a couple of fellow travelers on the way in. The train went across the Sydney Harbor Bridge and we marveled at the number of skyscrapers and how big Sydney is. We saw the Sydney Opera house and were amazed at the number of Ferries operating in the Harbor.

Once we arrived in the city we decided that with it being such a nice day we would go to Circular Quay and catch the ferry to Manly. From here we enjoyed the 45 minute ferry ride to Manly marvelling at the Operah House, Harbour Bridge, Fort Denison amongst other scenery and skyline along the way. After a walk around the wharf we decided to get a bite to eat and stopped at the Bavarian Bier Cafe which was overlooking the stunning Manly Cove and was a great place to enjoy a beer with lunch whilst enjoying the view.

After lunch we walked up the mall to Manly Beach looking at the shops along the way. Not having our bathers a swim was off the cards, but it was probably a bit too cold anyway. So we headed to the wharf to catch the ferry back to Circular Quay and then onto the train to navigate our way back to the caravan park.

Once we got back to the caravan park, David decided to go for a run, which he has been occasionally doing, but no sign of his sneakers which he last had at Port Macquarie? We think that someone may have taken them as Port Macquarie was easily accessible by the public and we always check our site very carefully before leaving!
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