A Journey that Ends with a Beach

There are over 10,000 beaches in Australia and to be exact the University of Sydney has counted 10, 685 beaches.  I would not be surprised if there are more in hidden places that man has yet to walk.  My trip was short and sweet and I only had a chance to visit a few places.  I never get tired of visiting the beach, even though my purpose is not to tan because I am blessed with dark skin.  I love the sun and for its rays to kiss my skin giving me the dose of vitamin D that my body needs for good health.  I love listening to the sounds of the water and feeling more connected to the earth.  When I get to the beach it is my moment of peace and calm from all the chaos and pollution in any city.  This post is to highlight one beach in Northern Sydney.

Palm Beach, Manly, Sydney

The journey we made to this beautiful beach took us about 90 minutes and we started with the Manly ferry from Circular Quay.  The ferry ride is about 20 minutes and boasts spectacular views of the Sydney Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Once we disembarked from the ferry, we walked to catch a bus to Palm Beach and that bus ride was about 60 minutes. I like taking the bus so that I can view the city as the locals do everyday.

The long bus ride is worth it and you will realize that as you begin to approach this affluent area where the median home is selling for $2.6 Million.  A little fun fact for you: the long running Australian tv show, Home and Away is filmed here.

Palm Beach is along the Tasman Sea, within the South Pacific Ocean.  I was there on a December afternoon and the sky was a bit overcast, but there was enough sun to lay out and veg for more than a couple of hours without the risk of getting burnt.  The tide and temperature of the water was perfect for riding the waves and as we frolicked with every wave. The surfers were nearby catching the bigger waves outside of the swimmers boundaries. Let me remind you that when visiting the beaches in Australia, you must stay within the yellow and red poles, which are marked as the safe zone monitored by lifeguards on duty.  The waves can shift and mother nature can be violent at any time.

There is also a public pool at the end of the beach which we noticed wasn’t busy.  In that area, you can take a walk along the huge rocks and admire more of God’s creation.

Palm Beach is one my favourite beaches in the world.  I still have more to see!  As always, thank God for travel!

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Take bus 29 to and from Manly.

 

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sitting on the rocks at Palm Beach

Fish and Chip This in Manly, Australia

One of my favourite travel moments is when it’s time to discover really good food. I always like to find out where the locals like to go and then I like to know what food is authentic to the specific city. When in Texas, look for Texas BBQ or Tex Mex. When in Montreal, have poutine. When in Britain have fish & chips. Apparently, when in Australia, you should have fish & chips too! I’m used to having cod, haddock, or halibut battered and deep fried …sometimes beer battered and then fried. While in Manly, Australia (just outside of Sydney) I stumbled upon this cute place called the fish Shack.  You will find this place along the Steyne Street, right in front of the beach. I ordered the Barramundi fish & chips for takeaway.  The barramundi is a white fish, which is quite meaty, high in omega 3 and packed with protein. It is mercury free and considered environmentally friendly. We chose to take the food away and sit along the beach. The service was just okay and we did receive our food within 15 minutes.

I couldn’t place this order without including the iconic beverage, Bundaberg ginger beer. Ginger beer takes me back to my childhood years. It was always a treat to get Reed’s Jamaican Ginger Beer.   If you love ginger, you must try this beverage! Bundaberg brew has been around since the 1960s and it’s known for its quality ingredients. Lucky for me Bundaberg is exported to the US and I can quench my thirst with this anytime.

There are tons of food options in this cute little town. This was a pleasant moment, but I only had only one afternoon so I didn’t get a chance to try anywhere else.

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Australian Ginger Beer

 

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Barramundi Fish and Chips

 

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