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“A Real Gem”

Sydney Harbour National Park
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Private Sydney Harbour National Park Walking Tour
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Sydney Harbour Afternoon Tall Ship Discovery Cruise
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Owner description: This historical park consists of five small harbor islands, rugged sandstone cliffs, bushland and beaches. Visitors can fish, boat, sunbathe, swim and explore historic sites, including Fort Denison, Goat Island and the Quarantine Station.
Aberdeen, Scotland, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“A Real Gem”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

When planning our trip to Sydney we spoke about where we would visit, on mentioning Bondi beach, an Aussie colleague advised us to give it a miss and visit Manly instead. Boy, was he right! We discovered a beautiful little suburb with superb beaches and the Sydney Harbour National Park. We started our walk at Manly Surf Beach and contiued the walk in a clockwise direction along the Esplanade,(Watch out for breaking waves), and across the busy Shelly beach. We then followed the path around the point and onward to the National Park. There are plenty of view points, without resorting to climbing onto the unguarded cliffs,as some did, allowing for some great photo opportunities. We had plenty of sightings of the Australian Water Dragons, as well as many birds too. The full walk is long and you really need to allow a full day to cover the whole walk. The North Fort is also worth a visit. Returning to Manly wharf, there are plenty of good bars, to refresh yourself with a cold beer after your days exertions. We chose the Manly Wharf Hotel, as it allowed us to sit and watch the activity in the bay. Certainly from comments we have had from fellow travellers who visited Bondi, We made the right choice. But Remember, allow a full day if you are planning the walk, and catch an early ferry. Also, from the Ferry, you see everything you would on one of the Harbour Cruises and it is far cheaper too.

Visited February 2013
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Mexico City, Mexico
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“Good”
Reviewed January 24, 2013

yeah it was all right i really dont rember anything special that much. Food was average location aint bad.

Visited February 2012
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Galway, Ireland
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“Wonderful Place to visit”
Reviewed January 13, 2013

Have been here quiet a few times and every time is just as better as the last. Alot of tourists here which you expect but it doesn't interfere with your trip. Will be back again

Visited October 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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36 reviews
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“Sydney Harbour National Park”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

One of the most beautiful harbours in the world. Numerous bushwalks around the shoreline with stunning views. Many islands to visit. Convict built forts, historic mansions, sandy beaches, remote islands all close to the CBD

Visited November 2012
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Sydney, Australia
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“Three Island tour of Sydeny Harbour by kayak.”
Reviewed December 1, 2012

I launch from Neutral Bay but the idea of the trip involves turning Fort Denison, Clark Island and then Shark Island before paddling to Chowder Bay for coffee and swim. Come back by Bradleys Head and any of the bays on the way. It takes 4 hours depending on how slow you sip your coffee! Visit a mega liner passing you as it cruises up the Harbour at say 6.00 a.m. See if you can spot a submerged Chinese submarine returning Harold Holt's body!
For Father's Day include the Watson Bay hotel and send the cost of the lunch and drinks and cost of water taxi to tow you back to your kids!

Visited December 2012
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