One of my favourite (yes I know I have many!) shots that captured the essence of the day. Grandma pushing the stroller with the little one looking over his shoulder as if to bade the place goodbye. The ferry in the background was the one which we eventually boarded at 1:40 PM to Circular Quay and the city where we stayed for the remaining duration of the trip.
The hub had an early conference to attend that morning so he left before us. Meanwhile, we checked out before noon and dropped by the just-about-right size Manly Sea life sanctuary located a mere 200 metres from the serviced apartment. Having visited Okinawa’s Churaumi Aquarium earlier this year, I decided to give the Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour a miss. This place is much smaller in scale but still filled with enough interesting sea animals to thrill and fascinate a 2 year old. In 1.5 hours, we caught the penguin feeding show, cruised leisurely through the underwater tunnel ooh-ing and aah-ing as giant stingrays and fearsome sharks glided overhead and lazy sea turtles bobbed about in the water. At AUD24 per adult, it really was quite a rip-off but it fit into the day’s itinerary seamlessly, plus he really enjoyed it I know.
Then it’s really time to say goodbye. Even before I stepped foot into the city I know I will miss Manly, miss the convenience of having the beach right at our doorstep, miss the leisurely and relaxing days spent beach combing, playground hopping, miss the sea breeze, miss the ease of entertaining a toddler in the great outdoors, miss how awesome this beach holiday had been to us.