Holiday: Return to Oz – Day 10 (of 18): Life’s a Beach!

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THURSDAY the 28th.

6.45am: Morning Beach-Bunnies! 😎

Ahh! a proper night’s sleep, that’s a good start to the day!

Life’s a beach and then you fry…

(With apologies to NAZ for butchering his lyrics)

Today, we’re walking!


We’re starting at Coogee Beach and walking via the purpose-built coastal walkway to Bondi Beach – more details HERE. Most people do it the other way round, but we do like to be different! 😊

Physically, it’s a bit of a stretch for us – we’re used to our daily 1-2 mile walks back at home, but this is a 7km hike… in the heat… up steps… down steps… up slopes… down slopes – you get the idea!

8.00am: A quick breakfast in the Apartment whilst we discussed journey options and of course, survival tactics! 😴

8.40am: A plan hatched, it was then into the Sydney crowds (a mix of holiday-types like us, and the poor souls on the ‘9 til 5’).


First stop will be Coogee (love that name!) town. But on this leg of the holiday, were sans-car, so everywhere is by taxi or (preferably) public transport.

A Bus it is then, and with our Opal Cards in our hands, it was just a five-minute walk to Elizabeth Place where we picked up the 373 Bus (the 374 would have also been an option) to get us there directly.

The journey only took around 40 minutes where the bus capacity went from being partially empty to massively over-full (requiring the Driver to SHOUT at passengers to ‘move down the Bus‘ on more than one occasion).

We overheard a passenger reflecting on his years as a Bus driver here in Sydney. “A Passenger once asked me, ‘how long is the next bus?'” With a smile on my face, I replied “It’s the same length as this Bus Madam!”

– Typical Aussie humour! 😁


9.45 am: Still smiling, we arrived at Coogee (population 15000 +2!), where the temperature was a very pleasant 20Β°C with a welcome breeze – perfect walking weather then! 😎

10.01am: We’re off!Β  And right from the start, the views from the walkway were stunning…

There are beaches… and there are Australian Beaches! We’ve never seen such expanses of sand and they are immaculately clean too!

10.10am: More sand and sea!

Even more sand and sea but now with added rock formations!


Wow! Look at that sand!

Oh, how British Australian! A gentle game of Bowls

10.55am: This is very weird! A massive graveyard looking out to sea…


It turned out to be Waverley Cemetary (opened in 1877) and is still in use today. It contains in excess of 50 000 graves and was an eerie sight as we came upon it.

11.05am:Β  An hour in, and it’s getting much (much) warmer – and the breeze of the sea is very welcome indeed! The amazing views continue…


11.10am: A welcome pit-stop! 😜


Still more sand and glorious views…

11.45am: we’re getting close to Bondi beach now, and perfectly on cue, a lone surfer


12.15pm:Β  We made it! It took two-and-a-quarter hours, but we finally arrived at the famous Bondi Beach…



12.20pmΒ  All that walking had given us a bit of a thirst and a rumbling stomach! So we picked one of the many eateries – Trio – here that had inside seating and a breeze – the perfect conditions to reflect on our trek.

It was great food and we were so hungry, I forgot to take any photos of it!

1.05pm:Β  With our lunch bill paid, after a bit of guidance from our Server, we crossed the road and waited for the no. 333 that would take us straight back to within 5 minutes of our Apartment.

1.55pm:Β  A slightly longer journey than we thought, but we were ‘home’ and thankfully, we’d left the AC on low (as by now it was around 27Β°C outside, but luckily, a cool 18Β°C inside).

We spent the rest of the day doing very little!

See you tomorrow when the feeling in my legs has returned!

Holiday: Return to Oz – Day 9 (of 18): Sydney with Manly Pursuits

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WEDNESDAY the 27th.

6.30am: Morning All! 😡😡

In spite of the very comfy bed, it wasn’t the best night’s sleep we’ve had since we arrived. In my case, I blame the late night cheese pie! 😲 and that crowing cock that began its operatic aria at 3.30am! Definitely a case of Nessun Dorma

The mathematicians amongst you will have spotted that it’s Day 9, so we’re exactly halfway through our latest holiday adventure. So far we’ve driven just over 700km in the hire-car – and spent almost 12 hours behind the wheel!

8.20am: But all good things, as they say, must end – and today, we returned the hire-car, leaving Longford after breakfast, driving the short distance to Launceston Airport.

Like Airports used to be… πŸ‘

8.45am: The Airport was a typical ‘local’ affair – very small compared to most UK equivalents. What a refreshing change! πŸ‘πŸ˜Š

Next stop is Sydney (we’re on the 10.25 from Virgin arriving there at midday).

We’re then heading for our next accommodation – Adina Serviced Apartments in Martin Place (remember that street name!).


12.20pm: The eagle-eyed of you will have noticed the location of the Apartment – ‘Martin Place’. In the heat of Sydney’s 23Β°C and us lugging two suitcases and bag each from the Metro station (err also, in Martin Place) wasn’t the best time to realise our fundamental error…


…the Apartment is actually in Hoskin Place. Still, we wanted to try out a ride in a Sydney Cab anyway – even if it was for only around half-a-mile! πŸ€”

Our short journey over, we were soon checking in and on our way to room 403. First impressions were very good (unlike the Apartment’s address!)

A bed as wide as it is long!
A really impressive, well equipped kitchen
..and a generous Lounge too!

OK, the address was misleading, but we forgave them, as they upgraded our accommodation, without prompting, for nowt! πŸ‘πŸ‘

3.05pm: Then, after a quick freshen-up, we took the short walk to Circular Quay to pick up the Ferry for Manly Quay, and ultimately, Manly Beach. We arrived with just 10 minutes to wait for the next Ferry at Wharf 3. You can now use your Opal Cards here, so it’s even easier!

4.00pm: Thirty-minutes later we’d arrived. And thanks to a Local who got chatting with Ann, we were given a short-list of places to eat (we were starving by now, having not eaten since breakfast!).

We headed down the main strip – The Corso – full of different sorts of shops, but more importantly…


The Ivanhoe Hotel. Its redeeming feature? The closest eatery on our recently acquired ‘short-list’! 😁

Given the time of day, it was a restricted menu, but the Burgers looked wholesome enough… and of course a cocktail each to wash it all down would be perfect!

It didn’t disappoint, and we were soon both full of renewed energy. Next stop? the famous Manly Beach… (apparently, it’s now Australia’s fave Beach pushing the better known ‘Bondi Beach‘ into 6th place).

Very nice indeed! But only we could turn our back on it, in favour of a bit of ‘retail therapy’! (In truth, we did need to get some essentials in for the Apartment if we weren’t going to starve over the next few days!

Our food retailer of choice was Australia’s answer to Tesco…


5.25pm: Just A$32.78 later, we were all stocked-up for our stay in Sydney and we headed back to the Ferry Terminal…

…and our journey back into central Sydney.

(By-the-way, those in need of even more retail therapy will be pleased to note that Aldi has a store right inside the Terminal!)

6.30pm: With our food and drink unpacked, the only challenge left was to master the washing-machine in the apartment- we haven’t seen one like this since The Antiques Roadshow (in 1976!) 😊😊


Tomorrow, we plan to have a look at the two other well-known Beaches – Bondi and Coogee