So after a totally miserable rainy day yesterday and feeling like I came back from shopping with a cold, it’s great to wake up to sunshine and a clearer head. Up and out by 10.30am to make the most of, but held back as unsure on exactly what to do. Initial plan of bussing to Spit for the Manly to Spit Walk, I’m a little put off when researching how long it is and says 4 hours plus parts you have to wade through water if tide is high. So to compromise I go direct to Manly with a view of just doing some of it so can see the great views and this way it is easier to find out where it starts too. I just miss a ferry by couple minutes so have to wait til 12.30pm meaning arrive at 1pm which gives me the full afternoon to walk. I even buy my return ferry ticket as schedule mysrlf to get the 4.15pm ferry back.
So the ferry is always nice, but just a little busy at the front upper deck with some very annoying tourists who seem to think it’s fine to push in front of you so they can get a photo. I move to the side benches to sit in the sun and hide away from the tourists.
As soon as arrive I follow the signs to the walk and the first part is nice and relaxed passing a few small bays and beaches that look out to nice boats. It is an easy walk and nice in sunshine, passing a lot of school trips on route.
Part of the walk is a bridge, but its being repaired so have to detour round. Option 1 is to wade through the water which is shallow or along the back street. Option 2 is to go the detour longer route. There is another walker doing same as me and trying to find the new route, who is from Amsterdam and name is Dan and so I follow him as he gets directions from a local. We end up chatting and walking along together as it feels rude suddenly running ahead as I usually would be going a fadter pace as on a time restriction. He is interesting company while walking, so nice to have company and share the walk.
So still planning on turning back after the next part, which involves crossing a lot of rocks to Sydney harbour reserve and taking the steps right up to the top. This is where is really scenic views start showing up. When I get to the top I see a sign saying Manly 4km and Spit 4.6km and totally hadn’t realised I had already walked so far. Feeling like it’s now bit pointless going back when done so much of the walk and prefer seeing new rather than same, I stay commited to doing it. It is just annoying I booked the ferry back, but it’s worth it as just $7 one way and the hill top views pretty with the sea looking very blue.
The rest of the walk is through the bush and we see a few lizards along the way and occasionally one colourful flower amongst the brown and green as it is very dry looking.
We pass a couple of nice beaches – Castle Rock and Cloughton Reserve that are cute. The residential areas are very expensive near the walk and lots of houses in the hill and bush areas. The final part of the walk is along a rock and boulder path with what looks like sandstone. It’s pretty cool and a contrast to the rest of the walk.
So after about 3.5hours we get to Spit Bridge – in itself not that impressive but surrounded by lots of nice boats. We stop off and have a drink at the spit beach bar, which also seems to be where they repair boats and can buy boats if you have a few thousand dollars to spare.
Getting home takes awhile by bus, but luckily buses are frequent every 10mins so don’t have to wait long. It’s just a busy route and we happen to be hiiting it in rush hour. Having to switch at Wynyard and walk to Elizabeth street, it’s not too bad but takes a good hour half.
By time I get back I manage to catch Ali before she goes yoga as won’t see her otherwise as she is up early in morning and Im heading out to catch up with Cairns Steve. Hating the farewells as this one is for a much longer time, it is sad as end of Oz and time in Sydney. Staying with Ali has been so nice!