Monthly Archives: May 2011

Manly in May

Sometimes pure pleasure is its own reward. Finding pleasure in simple things is the best.

Looking back to Sydney from the Manly Ferry

The ride to Manly on the Manly Ferry is worth every minute

When I first came to Sydney, I loved getting out on the Sydney ferries and one of my favourites was the Manly Ferry from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf. They are huge boats that cross the Heads – the two headlands that form the entrance to the harbour. It can be like a rollercoaster ride. And arriving at Manly, walking through the Corso to the surf beach. It is bliss.

In May, I had the pleasure of catching the Manly Ferry for a weekend by the beach. The half hour ride was deliciously reminiscent. The views as the ferry makes its way to Manly can lighten the darkest heart.

View from Sante Fe apartment at Manly Beach, Sydney

View from the apartment in Victoria Street Manly

It was my job to collect the keys to a ’60s style one bedder in the heart of Manly (soon to be demolished for some million dollar block). Bill, my hubby, was driving later in the afternoon.

What’s wonderful about Manly in May is that the surf beach has few people swimming, the water is still 20 degrees Celsius, the waves are beautifully shaped for body surfing (and boards) and the weather is just on the coolish side. Did I forget relaxing? As the ads say, ’20 minutes from Sydney, a million miles from care’ – that’s Manly.

From the apartment we can see the ocean and better still, hear the ocean waves crashing on the shore. It’s a quirky little place that suits us.

Manly Beach in May is quite delightful and beautiful

View from the esplanade at Queenscliffe looking towards Manly

What to do in Manly in May

The walk on the esplanade from Queenscliffe to Manly and around to Shelley Beach and over the headland is exhilarating.

Restaurants and cafes abound so its not difficult to find one that suits your style and pocket. We chose Interpolitan for dinner on Friday night. It had an intimate feel to it and the menu had varied dishes at reasonable prices.

Walls of bottles at Beaches restaurant, Manly, Sydney

How groovy: walls of bottles at Beaches restaurant, Manly, Sydney

Beaches is a pizza cafe in Manly that has the most amazing walls decorated in bottles of wine: our sort of place. Again, this is a cosy restaurant with reasonably priced food. Very relaxing!

Why go to Manly in May?

Why not – for the pure pleasure of it. And as my friends well know, I do say that it is the best beach in Australia – and only a 20-minute ferry ride from Sydney’s CBD. How good is that!

However! Another great place to holiday is Port Macquarie – about a four-hour drive north of Sydney.

We book accommodation through Manly Seaside Apartments. They really look after us.

Interpolitan, 22 Darley Road Manly: see info on Interpolitan at Urbanspoon website.

Beaches restaurant, Darley Road, Manly: see Beaches Pizzeria Wine Bar website.