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.
Photos taken with my iPhone 6.