PART SEVEN (January 2019)
DAY 17 (Sunday 11th February 2018): MANLEY BEACH
Whilst queuing for the ferry, I met a guy called ‘Bret’ who claimed to ex ‘Soccer Roo’. Not quite sure if I believed him or not, but interesting none the less.
Again, like other places I’d visited, Manley lived up to expectations and recommendations. I had a very pleasant little swim where the water was lovely and warm, then a scenic walk around the area. There was plenty of fine Aussie wildlife out on the beaches. On the prom, I enjoyed some beautiful locally sourced fish, and chips, with a nice scooner (what the Aussie call a pint, or a little less than one) of ale to wash it down. Afterwards, I found a mini street market with some interesting stores.
DAY 18 (Monday 12th February 2018): BLUE MOUNTAINS
This was well worth the comparatively long train journey out there. The views were mind-blowing, helped by some lovely weather. I decided to treat myself to an all-inclusive bus tour, including a ‘Sky Walk’ across a gorge, and two other different types of ride up and down the mountains. Although on the expensive side, I felt this was worth it. The only downside was I missed the tour bus at ‘Scenic World’, due to some dick telling me the wrong place to wait. I only had another half hour wait time, so no real hardship sitting in the sun.
At the end of the trip, I had a rather a nice meal in a ‘cool’ arty type café. The service and food was spot on.