The Manly-Circular Quay Ferry (January 2019)

As far as Sydney tourist attractions go, I’m not sure that there are many better than the ferry from Manly (which I think is a better and more spectacular beach than the iconic Bondi) across the vast expanse of Sydney Harbour, to the wharves at Circular Quay, right in the heart of the central business district – and is there a more spectacular place for a ferry terminus than the one Circular Quay boasts?

You make the cross-harbour: the slow, pleasant cruise on one of the iconic Freshwater-class government-owned ferries that really haven’t changed in appearance since I was a kid, thirty years ago, or the new Manly Fast Ferry, which gets you there in half the time (fifteen minutes as opposed to half an hour) but also means you miss out on some of the scenery, because you’re humming along, and threatening to break the sound barrier. Okay, not quite, but you know what I mean. If you’re asking for a recommendation, the slow ferry is definitely the way to go.

In late January, after an evening by the beach to escape the heatwave, I rode back to Circular Quay on a perfect summer night, just as the sun was setting. It was one of those moments where I realised how lucky I am to live in this beautiful city.

Manly Beach (on the harbour side) and the old aquarium to the left.
Pulling away from the wharf.
Manly Wharf
If I win the Powerball, I might buy an apartment in one of those high-rises.
Sydney Heads
Goodbye, Manly.
North Head
Sun setting over the city’s northern suburbs.
Watson’s Bay and South Head.
Manly-bound ferry
Sydney Heads
Sunset over Sydney feat. Manly Fast Ferry.
Manly Ferry and Fort Denison
Fort Denison
Captain Cook cruise boat & the Sydney Opera House.
The Sydney Opera House on Bennelong Point.
Sydney Harbour Bridge aka The Coathanger.

Photos taken with my iPhone 6.

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