Monday, June 14, 2021

Sydney Day 7 (and Monday Mural)

In theory a trip to Manly should be straight forward. We could walk a few minutes to Museum Station and catch the train with one intermediate station to Circular Quay or one of the Oxford Street buses displaying Circular Quay. We made the grave error of choosing the bus.

The bus dumped us on the southern side of Bridge Street and we then had an over 350 metre walk to the quay. More annoyingly after we were kicked off the bus, it moved further along towards the quay where it waited for to make its next trip.  At least it was a downhill walk but really if a bus has a destination of Circular Quay, that is where it should go. After investigating, from what I could work out, most Oxford Street buses do go to the quay, just not the one we were on. We grumbled about it to each other.

The Manly ferry has a clock face timetable, meaning it leaves at the same clock time every thirty minutes. I went to toilet while R double checked the time at the wharf. Staff informed him the ferry wasn't sailing and there would be a bus replacement.  The bus turned up on the ferry time. I never realise until after it happens, but an Asian man pushed past me to get on the bus. The bus wasn't crowded. Earlier in the week we had a caught a ferry to Double Bay and we've caught the ferry to Manly many times, so I thought the bus trip might be interesting, and it was. Surprisingly the bus took the same time to travel to Manly as the ferry but it was Sunday with light traffic. One poor chap at the quay made a run for the about the depart bus and profusely thanked the driver for waiting for him. As the bus swung towards the Cahill Expressway and the harbour bridge, the man realised that it was not an Oxford Street bus. There was no where to let him off until we reached the north shore whereby the driver dropped him opposite a bus stop to return to the city.

We had lunch at our usual excellent place, Fusion Point, and it never disappoints. We watched surfers for a bit. Melbourne had gone into a one week lock down after a COVID outbreak and I intended having my hair cut soon after we returned home. We return Monday, one week lock down ends Thursday, but I had my suspicions and had my hair cut in Manly. Cash only at the weekends, Sir! Not sure what that is about. I was right. The Melbourne lock down was extended by another week. 

The bus driver had told us when we left the bus at Manly that buses would depart from the same stop to get back to the city.

We went to the bus stop at the correct time and a bus did not appear and there were few people at the stop. I heard three hoots from the Manly Wharf as the ferry departed. I thought all ferries had been cancelled because of rough seas but apparently it was only the ferry we wanted to catch to Manly. Half an hour later we were on the ferry back to the quay it was the roughest Manly ferry trip I have undertaken. I tried to film it, but the footage did not show the rolling of the ferry.

We had another terrific meal that night upstairs at the Courthouse Hotel. Home time tomorrow, to Victorian lockdown. We had to fill in online permits using our phones to return to the state where we live. 

Here are a few Manly photos. 

Objects in the sea.


Here we go. A couple are up.


Body surfing?


Well done surfer dudes.


I left this photo of Central out when posting. It's undergoing a huge internal renovation.


The Corso, quite busy. 


I think this mural is in Market Place.



And some pleasant art on a utility box.

27 comments:

  1. I do love art on utility boxes. I have some favourites here, but they are in difficult places to stop and photograph.
    It does sound like another good day, despite the weather and the transport difficulties.

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    1. EC, thanks. Yes, rather chilly too.

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  2. I like the utility box, though it looks a little bit like a paint-by-numbers. LOL

    I learned the hard way to NEVER rush to hop on a bus for precisely that reason -- it's so easy to hop on the wrong one!

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    1. I see what you mean Steve about paint by numbers.
      Being in a tram city, it is less likely you make a mistake with front, rear and side destinations.

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  3. I adore manly and the ferry over to it ....loved the beach too

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    1. John, it is an iconic Sydney trip. They are perhaps removing most of the large older ferries, which will be a terrible shame.

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  4. Despite transport problems you had a nice time. Nice mural finds Andrew 😊

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    1. Sami, we nearly always do have a nice time. You can't go wrong with a trip to Manly really.

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  5. Some great shots of those surfers and your dining places sound wonderful.

    XO
    WWW

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    1. WWW, I was really surprised at how good and cheap food was there.

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  6. My beloved left Sydney in Dec 1970 and has never lived there since. But he still talks lovingly about the surf beaches. He loved your photos.

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    1. Body surfing of course. They had no boards in the 1960s.

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    2. Joe body surfed Hels? Great fun, I am sure.

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  7. So that mural wraps around what looks like a tower. That makes it unique, at least to my eyes.

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    1. Kirk, as mentioned below I think it is a spiral staircase.

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  8. What a thoughtful bus driver. The surfers would be in their glee and good on them.
    The murals are different.

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    1. Margaret, it would have been better for him if the bus driver shut the door on him.

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  9. I do like the fishy tower; it's fun.

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    1. Fishy Tower. That could catch on Cro.

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  10. Good times with good friends are times to remember. I’ve just caught up with your week away and there certainly were some good times there to remember!
    Is the ‘tower’ a stairwell - swim little fishies swim if you can and they swam and they swam all over the dam…..earworm lines from an old song since seeing that photo :)

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    1. Cathy, it was a terrific holiday. Yes, I think the tower must be a stairwell. I remember that song.

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  11. Nice artworks, very colourful. I love watching surfers, but in movies or at a beach not for hours on you tube. I'm not a traveller, but even I am tired of the lockdowns and people having to get permission to go home from away.

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    1. River, I am not really interested in watching surfers even live, but it was just pleasant sitting there watching. Re lockdown, I know what you are saying but what is the alternative. A couple of minutes on the phone filling in a form is not a high price.

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  12. Nice to see the various surfers, including the body surfers. The mural is beautiful and looks like it belongs in that area. I like that it appears to be koi, too.

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    1. B & E, thanks. The mural does belong. Good that you saw koi in the mural.

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  13. Bad luck about the ferry being cancelled. I used to live in Manly for a year when I was at Teacher's College. One Sunday evening when I was returning to my digs from my home in Sutherland shire I caught the last ferry before they were stopped due to rough sea. OMG what a ride that was. I caught the bus after that for quite a few months. Great shots of the surfers.

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    1. Diane, although the ferries can feel rough as they pass the heads, they are so large and I feel pretty relaxed about them.

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