We decided a trip to Manly must be done. You can't visit Sydney without catching the ferry to Manly. We had stuffs to do late in the day.
The 1980s Freshwater Class ferries with their huge carrying capacity have been all but retired, with a couple kept as spares for busy summer weekend peaks and when the seas near the harbour headlands are rough. Its passenger capacity is 1100. Otherwise the service is operated by the newer Emerald Class. The Freshwater ferries took 30 minutes to take the trip.
We caught the new Emerald Class ferry to Manly. It seemed noticeably faster and it is, cutting the travel time to 22 minutes, but with only a passenger capacity of 400. You can see why the old ferries are brought back into service when demand is high. There is quite a difference between 400 passengers and 1100 passengers. No wonder the older ferries were kept for peak usage. Nevertheless, it was pleasant trip. We lunched at our usual Fusion Point Cafe and sat at the beach for a while, seeing what there was to see.
Seniors only pay $2.50 a day for Sydney public transport with ferries included. An adult ferry fare is over $7 one way. For $3 more, you can catch the fast ferry for $10 but it now only shaves a couple of minutes off the ferry trip time. Oddly the fast ferry is operated by the NRMA, the New South Wales motoring organisation.
Manly was just lovely and R said we should buy a small apartment with a view there. Then he looked up the prices. Oh well, it was a nice thought.
On the train for two underground stations to Circular Quay.