FERRY TO MANLY- FAB FAMILY DAY OUT
If you are looking for a wonderful family day out in Sydney on a weekend or during the school holidays, you should definitely take a ferry trip to Manly.
A few weeks ago, hubby, Nikoleta and I spent an entire Saturday over there and had an absolute ball- especially little Missy Moo!
We drove to the Domain car park, which is located right next to St Mary’s Cathedral in the city (it has a $10 flat rate on weekends) and left the car there, we then took a lovely stroll through the delightful Botanical Gardens, which leads you straight through to Circular Quay. There we spent a little while admiring the spectacular Harbour and Opera House- even though I’ve been born and raised here, I never tire of looking at our gorgeous Harbour!
Then we hopped on the ferry and went across to Manly Wharf, which offers some of the most incredible harbour views in the world! Followed by some early brunch, late lunch and lots of fun in between.
Here is a list of my favourite places that you should definitely check out if you are in the area-
Fika Swedish Kitchen
For some amazing Scandanavian inspired brunch, this lovely cafe located in Market Lane, is perfect! This bright and friendly joint offers some lovely Swedish tea- with blends such as Stockholm South, Nordic Forest and Polaris. And some of our most loved brunch options include their Swedish Breakfast Tray of fralla, muesli, yoghurt, boiled egg and fresh juice; Thin Pancakes with forest berries, cream and house made jam; and the Swedish Garden of radish, parsley, green peas, fennel, sunflower seeds, cured salmon and meatballs. There are also lots of great and healthy options for kids, which is always a winner with us mums!
This sophisticated beach side restaurant has a fresh menu, endless wine list and an amazing view. What you will love most is that it’s also child friendly and as soon as we walked though the doors, the waitress gave Nikoleta a bunch of colouring pencils and paper to amuse her, while Mummy and Daddy enjoyed their glass of wine. I’m a huge fan of their gourmet pizza range and you HAVE to leave room for their famous Chocolate & Hazelnut Pizza with Ricotta, Banana and Vanilla Gelato!
The Boathouse Shelly Beach
Take a walk down to Shelly Beach for a swim (if weather permits) otherwise enjoy a walk along the sand. A new cafe and restaurant is currently under construction, however you can pick up a great coffee at the cute little Kiosk and take it away!
On top of my list of sights to see in Manly, is Fairy Bower- it’s situated in between Manly Beach and Shelly Beach. Take a walk down Bower Lane and it will lead you on to a walkway that reminds me of the Greek Islands. There are a few cute little cafes and shops, or you can just grab an ice-cream, enjoy the breathtaking views and here you will find all the local kids on their bikes and scooters, riding around and having fun.
Manly Fresh Water Market
If you are lucky to be there on a Wednesday or Sunday, you must take a walk down to Manly Plaza on Short Street and visit the fresh produce and artisan food market. You will find some luscious gourmet treats and the freshest produce around.