I’ve been to Melbourne and Sydney about a decade ago and when I returned to Melbourne last year, I wondered where all the huge and tall skyscrapers have gone, too. I thought, maybe I was so small that I thought buildings in Melbourne were that huge. NOT. What I thought was Melbourne, was actually Sydney!
Prior to going to Melbourne this year, I’ve had girlfriends in Monash telling me how they’d prefer Sydney over Melbourne. I can see why after visiting Sydney again. Sydney is similar in Tokyo in a way. The buildings are gorgeous and the city’s pretty packed compared to Melbourne. It’s full of life!
Upon arrival my mom and I checked in a hotel in the middle of the city and we booked a half-day tour to Manly. Had to walk quite a kilometer to reach he meeting point for the tour. These were taken at Darling Harbour
But the bus driver pulled over near a place where we could take pictures of city’s view from afar.
And Sydney’s gorgeous Opera House, too!
And… We’re off to Manly
(how the name became such is a no-brainer- the founder named the place Manly because the aborigines there looked very “manly”), 17kilometers north of Sydney. Manly is a famous seaside holiday resort and noted for its high real estate prices. Filled with beautiful and large houses over looking beaches and docks with private yachts. Something like The O.C. of Australia.
The houses there are very gorgeous. I was afraid of taking any proper photos of them, in case that seemed rude. So many different types, but all gorgeously built.
Stopped by one of the commercial centers in Manly for tea. This place is filled with birds. They constantly try to get you to feed them. Comes in large numbers, too!
YUM! Seafood salad.
Manly beach. Famous for surfing.
The whole place really reminds me of Vice City, you know. Sunsets, the trees, the roads, the cars- only the people there are a lot more pleasant. It’s worth a visit if you’re looking for a fresh sight. Manly is just beautiful- I don’t think my photos brought the place justice.
Visit Manly’s tourism site here.