Friday, July 01, 2022

Sydney 4 Pt 1

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.



Wow. So many ferries coming and going at the Quay.



Plenty of surfer eye candy at Manly.




Along The Corso. 





Bathing corellas amused us as we took a 'photo stop'. 



This was a strange one. It kept laying its head down in the water. Ear parasites? 



No R. You can not afford any of these properties.


The alternative fast ferry.


We were on the left a few levels from the top.

The southern entrance to Hyde Park.

We were back on the harbour in a boat later in the day. Naturally part two to come.

36 comments:

  1. Yet another delightful day. Manly prices are scary aren't they? I had a friend with a very small and shabby apartment there which I suspect is now worth a motza. I suspect you were right about the ear parasites bothering the corella. Looking forward to Part the second.

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    1. EC, I didn't look but I expect they are astronomical. You would be right about your friend's place. I probably won't get to part two until Sunday. Busy day and evening today.

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  2. Wow! Great pictures - thanks for sharing! I hope to someday get there myself but for now I am living through your pictures! Thanks!

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    1. Thanks Annsterw. You would be most welcome in Australia, and your dollars extra welcome.

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  3. The Corso is a real surprise. You normally expect Sydney to be overbuilt and squishy, filled with traffic, but this is open, attractive and no cars!

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    1. Hels, while there were plenty of people around it felt so spacious. It is a different part of Sydney.

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  4. I don't blame R for wanting that view. I guess your pictures are the next best thing.

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    1. Yeah Kirk. In his dreams. While we are comfortable, we have no earning capacity now at our age.

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  5. In my self-assumed role as corella commentator on your blog, I'm going to say: those corellas seem to be drinking rather than bathing. (I concede they could have been doing both when you were there.)

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    1. MC, they were doing both. It is so good have experts at hand.

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  6. My wife's favourite trips in Sydney were on the older type of ferries. She loved them.

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    1. Cro, you can assure Lady M the trip is just is pleasant the ferries felt much the same.

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  7. Be good views from those houses as always something going on the water there makes more interesting than just looking out to sea. Nice photos and hope the corella comes right.

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    1. Margaret, the only thing with sea views is that there is nothing much to see at night, although perhaps in Manly there is with ferry traffic.

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  8. A visit to the casino would have fixed the $$ problem, surely.

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    1. Caro, I am coming to the understanding that poker machines are an unreliable means of gathering wealth. There has been a couple of losses of late.

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  9. Do Seniors not have free public transport with the ferries included? Off-peak times of course. Although $2.50 a day seems very reasonable. Here in Adelaide public transport fares went up this morning, so my daughter who buys a 28 day pass now has to pay extra for it.

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    1. River, not free at all and not free here either. $4.60 daily for seniors and free at the weekend. I think your fares are quite cheap.

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    2. I have a Seniors Card and a Seniors Metro Card, being over 60, the Metro Card gets me free travel on buses and trains, trams too, between 9am and 3pm, all day on the weekends and public holidays. Don't you have a similar scheme?

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  10. I never got to see Manly when we lived there, we saw Bondi Beach and wondered why it was so popular, just looked like any other beach to me.

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    1. River, Bondi is like any other surf beach. Melbourne has its Port Phillip and there are no surf beaches within a couple of hour's drive. I think that makes it a bit special, along with many other nearby beaches.

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  11. I agree, there is quite a difference between 400 passengers and 1100 passengers. According to my arithmetic it is 700 passengers. The method I used was subtraction.

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    1. YP, I double checked your calculation with the solar powered desk calculator that in 25 years has never seen sunlight and the device agrees with you. I am so pleased to add an arithmetic expert to my retinue.

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  12. Sounds like a nice change of pace

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    1. TP, it is a very relaxed place.

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  13. Anonymous10:51 pm

    What a nice vacation! Real estate is expensive everywhere. Gigi hawaii

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    1. Gigi. I expect prices are high where you live, but maybe not as high as here.

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  14. Great pics Andrew and I am a huge fan of ferries from the tiniest to the behemoths. I cherish memories of the wee tiny ones which hold 4 cars near Kingston, Ontario and one that went across the St. Lawrence from Quebec to New Brunswick. that poor wee bird tho.
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    WWW

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    1. In South Africa WWW, one of our travelling group was in charge of staff on one of your ferries. She was very interesting to talk to and had some tales of very heavy seas.

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  15. Anonymous3:13 am

    What a wondrous getaway. The place you stayed at looks luscious. And the blue skies and blue waters. Breathtaking. Poor bird. Hope he gets some relief.

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    1. Sandra. sandracox.blogspot.com

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    2. Sandra, it was good to see the sun and blue skies. Thanks.

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  16. Is there eye candy in those photos? It's very distant eye candy! LOL

    Curious about the bird laying its head in the water. Could be ears, or maybe eyes, or maybe it just felt good to have a wet face.

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    1. Steve, I didn't take photos of what was right in front of us, and very nice sights there were.

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  17. That IS odd behavior for a bird, isn't it? I've never seen one do that before. Hopefully you and EC are right and it's a case of ear mites that can be helped by the water dousing.

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    1. Jenny, I haven't seen that either with a bird, but it does make sense.

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