The trip on the Manly Fast Ferry takes 20 minutes, compared to half-an-hour on the old ferries, so very soon the city sky-line was in view.
We veered pretty close to Fort Denison, a former prison and military fortress that’s now a fine dining restaurant and function centre.
Beyond the island are the Royal Botanical Gardens and the Opera House – always a reassuring sight. We pass by two old ferries which service the smaller wharves on the Harbour.
A cruise past the Opera House, and we’re once again into Circular Quay. Not a bad commute.
One of the privileges of living in Sydney is having access to Sydney Harbour. Now, some of us might be lucky enough to wake up to the Harbour every morning, but I feel privileged enough to be a short train ride away from such a scene as this.
Of course, there is no better way of seeing the harbour than to take the ferry to/from Manly, as I did on the day of our Manly lunch. The old green and beige ferries might still have their charms, but for a few dollars extra, you can have the air-conditioned comfort of the Manly Fast Ferry. That’s one below.
But the harbour is magical, whichever mode of transport you take. The water, skies, clouds, hills and all manner of water-craft, never fail to blow away the cobwebs away.
Back in November (yes, I am very behind on my posts), I met up with friends N and F – it was N’s birthday! It was a warm (but not too hot) day, and our venue was Hugo’s at Manly Wharf. It was a lovely venue, overlooking the water. The food was pretty good, too.
How about some risotto?
Or pan-friend salmon?
And sticky date pudding and ice cream for dessert?
Now, I know that there’s no such thing as a typically ‘Aussie’ meal, but if a non-Australian asks me to give an example, I think this selection would fit the bill – Italian and Anglo influenced dishes, with some seafood thrown in!