11 May 2020
We love Manly and we’re incredibly grateful that we live in such a beautiful part of the world. Especially during the coronavirus pandemic. COVID-19 has affected our bank balance and our ability to go out and socialise, but to be honest, our lifestyle is probably better and more healthy now, than it ever has been before.
That being said, prior to today, we hadn’t left the Northern beaches for nearly two months. So we were itching to get away, even if just for the day. Today we decided to bite the bullet and complete our favourite walk – a 17k route from Watsons Bay to Circular Quay.
The regular ferry from Manly to Watsons Bay is very convenient – it takes you directly from Manly wharf to Watsons Bay wharf in just 15 minutes. However, this service is currently suspended to stop the spread of coronavirus. So we had to take a couple of ferries.
The first ferry is from Manly to Circular Quay…
…the second is from Circular Quay to Watsons Bay.
To be honest, having not been on the ferry in months, it was a real treat to get out and about. So the longer journey was genuinely a pleasure – especially as the sun was shining once again.
The walk itself is glorious. Starting in Watsons Bay and hugging the harbour on the way back into the city, some of the highlights include the following:
The bridge across Parsley Bay Beach…
…some outrageous house porn and harbour views from Vaucluse
Shark beach in Neilsen Park…
The Hermitage foreshore track from Neilsen Park to Rose Bay is a particular highlight…
On our way back to the city we walked through the suburbs of Double Bay, Rushcutters Bay, Potts Point and Woolloomooloo.
The walk ends with a lap around around the iconic Sydney Botanic Gardens and the Opera house back to Circular Quay.
After more than four hours of walking, it was time to jump on the ferry back to Manly.
All in all it was a great day of exploring, but lovely to be home in the Manly bubble once again.