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.
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