I found myself in Sydney again this weekend – and decided to maximize the fun by getting a Day Tripper pass. The day tripper pass allows access to trains, buses and ferries in the Sydney region and suburbs. At 16AUD, it is the best way of seeing this famous city.
We took this pass at the Parramatta train station, got a train to Central, and walked to Circular Quay to catch the ferries departing for many places. The walk itself was interesting, especially as we passed through the Chinatown – the Chinese build a world of their own in every major city.
At Circular Quay, we caught a ferry to Watson’s bay – a place that I had not no clue about. On a windy day, with temperatures hovering around 10, it was a very pleasantly chilly ride of 20 min. On getting down the ferry, you have to walk about 500 meters to see the sea on the other side, which is lined by tall cliffs. We climbed up on one of the cliffs which seemed taller and walked around for some time.
After the cliff walk, we came down to the ferry point, and had lunch at Doyle’s – which is one of the most famous restaurants of Sydney. Being right at the beach, it has a lovely mood of laziness combined with the weekend banter. However, it is a seafood place, which is quite wasted on the vegetarian in me.
Very close to the ferry point, there are many sail boats parked. A few people also indulge in fishing.
From Watson’s bay, we came back to Circular Quay, and boarded another ferry to Manly. This ferry was much larger than the other ferry. And more punctual as well. From the upper deck there were some lovely views of the Harbour
At Manly, we were thinking of going to the Ocean World, but that looked a bit too small for an aquarium. Besides I think I have already seen quite a few aquariums to not be so specially enamored with them anymore. We in stead started to walk on the walkway to Spit Bridge, which is a rather scenic walk. However, we had barely begun before it began to rain, and we had to return and hunt for cover. In a while the rain subsided, and we took the pathway again. However, Spit is quite at some distance and it was already late in the night, so we went midway and returned. The walkway, however has a surrealistic beauty which I was absolutely enamored with.
At the Manly ferry point, we took a takeaway coffee and walked into the market. I found a shop for aboriginal art, and with my recent fascination with Australian aborigines and songlines courtesy Chatwin, I went in and picked up a couple of items.
After returning to Circular Quay, we took yet another ferry and went to Darling Harbour. The place is electric in the evenings, especially so on a Saturday. In the glaring cold, it is quite an adventure to walk the bridge without jackets – but it was fun.
A good meal later, we walked back to Central, and trained off to Parramatta. After a day of tripping.