For our final day in Sydney we decided we had to return to Manly and go for a walk on the North Heads. We took the ferry from Circular Quay and arrived in Manly, the weather being slightly overcast and cold. Luckily within the first hour it cleared up and we could enjoy the rest of the day in sunshine! We spent the first hour watching the surfers ride the waves at Manly Beach, before heading into the town to have an early lunch. We actually ended up going to the same place as we were last time we were there, because why change a good thing? 😛
After lunch we headed back to Manly Beach and continued from there round to Shelley beach. From here we climbed up towards the cliffs (meeting an eastern water dragon in our paths) and at the top we were greeted by the beautiful sight of the vast blue ocean and two dolphins swimming not far in front of us. We watched as fish concentrated in schools and how sudden holes emerged in the dense fish mass. We couldn’t spot the predator, but we were certain there was something down there upsetting the fish! We continued onward through the banksia shrub in the Sydney Harbour National park, stopping at an ex- quarry lake and listening to the frogs. As we walked we spotted all kinds of plant life, and appreciated the vast amounts of Heath-leaved banksia (Banksia ericifolia) and the creamy Old Man banksias (Banksia serrata) on the paths. In addition to this I photographed all kinds of unique Australian flora including the grass trees (Xanthorrhoea resinifera), the prickly white flowers of the Wollsias (Woollsia pungens), the red Mountain devils (Lambertia formosa), the silvery grey flannel flowers (Actinotus helianthii), the white tipped pink fuchsia heath (Epacris longifolia), the purple wax flowers (Eriostemon australasius), the red Spider Flower (Grevillea speciosa) and the grey spider flower (Grevillea buxifolia). Around us were the sounds of the lorikeets, cockatoos, wattle birds and new holland honeyeaters.
We then went to the top of North Heads and took in the view of ocean cliffs and Sydney city in the horizon as the sun was setting. We then went back on the bus down the road and then the ferry (the yellow and green ones finally, so mum and Carolyn were please). It was a perfect day to end our time in Sydney on! I am certainly going to miss the incredible nature of Australia.