We took the ferry to Manly in July - mainly to take photos of the lighthouses in the harbour as it was way too cold for swimming.
Manly's ferries are legendary. They have been around since the late 1800's Originally known as the Port Jackson and Manly Steam Ship Company were running ferries to Manly for over sixty years.
The modern Manly ferries run at about half hour intervals or every 15 minutes at peak periods. The trip takes about a half hour each way.
Riding the ferry to Manly from Circular Quay is always fun for us. I adore ferries and being out on the water; so for me this is more of a pleasure cruise than a mode of transport.
The ferries leave from Circular Quay and pull into Manly's Wharf. The ride is relatively smooth depending on the weather. I enjoy sitting back, relaxing and watching the Harbour activity. There are always boats, water taxis, ferries, yachts, jet skis zipping around on the water to watch. I love passing by the Opera House and Fort Dennison along the way as well as taking in the beautiful houses on the water.
If the weather is nice and not too hot; try to sit outside and enjoy the views. Don't forget to take some pics!
When someone talks about Manly , one of the first things mentioned are the ferries..Manly's ferries are a long time legend and have been around since the late 1800's Originally known as the Port Jackson and Manly Steam Ship Company were running ferries to Manly for over sixty years.until being taken over by the Department of Transport in the early sixties.
The slogan "seven miles from Sydney and a thousand miles from care" has been synonomous with Manly Ferries since its inception..Early ferries were built on the Clyde in Scotland 's shipyards and sailed to Sydney under their own power...what a trip in those early ferries that must have been..
The ferries were usually always named after Sydneys northern beaches and still are today. although, I don't beleive that the ferries of today have any of the character the early ferries had. I remember as a boy to ride to the city on the old ferries and listen to the huge engines and be able to look down upon these huge engines working..and watch the huge crankshafts turning over and the warmth on a cold night was most pleasing..
Over the years there have been many different types of ferries on the Manly service ..but the original style was always the most popular. There were hydrofoils and catamaran express ferries but most residents love the pleasant 30 minute trip to or from the city on the original style ferries to relax and read the paper along with a morning coffee , a great way to start the day. no traffic hasles..
The ferries run about half hour intervals and are usually pretty packed in peak hours and weekends in summertime..most resident users have weekly/monthly travel tickets or ferry and train/bus combined..a lot of travellers choose to take their bicycle on the ferry with them..
There is a wonderful original example of how wonderfully constructed these early Manly Ferry were. The Restaurant ferry is called the "South Steyne" . This beautiful old ferry moored as a restaurant in Darling Harbour Sydney ...and to see one of these lovely old ferries that came all the way from Scotland so well preserved today..This particular ferry carried hundreds of thousands of daytrippers and residents from the city to Manly and back while in service.. SO...when in Darling Harbour check it out...
Some early Manly ferry names I have travelled on... Collaroy, Dee Why, Curl Curl, Narrabeen, South Steyne, Baracoola, Bellubera, North Head, all just wonderful old ferries..
. The public transport bus system covers the peninsular from Manly to Palm Beach.Sydney busses operate over 60 different routes to/from the Northern beaches with 9,000 services a week from the City , Brookvale , Mona Vale, or Manly Wharf Services..
Busses operate faster if you buy a pre-pay ticket before boarding..these are available at outlets displaying the My Zone/ Pre- Pay signs.
There is also a bus service known as "The Pumkin Bus" a free bus for late night services as well. Manly Ferry Wharf is where the bus interchange is found and busses can be found here for all the northern beaches..There is also bus services from the city to the Northern beaches and these can be found at Carrington Street Wynyard..with some services (L90, L88, E86, -E88) these services commence or terminate at Railway Square. Daily Services also operate between Manly- Chatswood (136) via Dee Why and French's Forrest ( #143 and #144) this service is via the lower North Shore along Military Road / Pacific Highway.
Bus info also available www.sydneybusses.info
Easily accessible from Sydney by Jetcat which is a 15 minute ride from Circular Quay, Manly was a great short day trip for us.
We decided to take the faster JetCat back to Circular Quay.
The weather was very nice and made for a good "site-seeing" adventure.
WHEN IN MANLY.
...IF YOU HAVE JUST ARRIVED BY FERRY OR BUS FROM THE CITY ..ON THE RIGHT HAND SIDE OF THE WHARF ENRANCE THERE IS THE TOURIST INFORMATION ,AND THEY SUPPLY YOU WITH ALL INFORMATION NEEDED FOR BICYCLE HIRE.ALSO MAPS OF THE LOCAL AREA.ALSO BY LAW YOU NEED A BICYCLE HELMET AND THAT SHOULD BE SUPPLIED ALSO..
The Manly Ferry is one of my favorite ferry rides. The views of the harbour and then the heads are spectacular. A little warning; the water does get a bit rough when passing by the heads so be prepared if you travel with someone who gets motion sickness.
We were fortunate in having a friend who drove us to and through Manly. It is a different experience arriving by car. This allowed us easy access to places like North Head.
I think the ferry is the way I prefer; all the sights from the water are incredible.
Easily accessible from Sydney by Ferry which is just a short 30 minute ride from Circular Quay, Manly was a great short day trip for us.
We decided to ride the Ferry to Manly during our visit and the JetCat back.
The weather was very nice and made for a good "site-seeing" adventure.
If you want a taxi in Manly then Manly Cabs are great, you can catch one at the taxi stand just near Manly Wharf or better still pre-order on by calling this number.
www.manlycabs.com.au - 9972 5600
www.sydneyferries.info/ This webpages gives you the timetables for arriving and departing from Manly.
Ferries from Circular Quay to Manly Wharf leave every half hour and take approx 35minutes. The Jetcat takes approx 15mins. From the airport take the train into the CBD and transfer to a ferry at Circular Quay, otherwise take the private shuttle bus service direct from Airport to Manly Beach.
Everyone has heard of and seen pictures of Sydney Harbour , the Opera House, and Harbour Bridge, well you can get the best view of these icons by catching the ferry from Manly to the city or vice versa. This will be the cheapest harbour cruise you will get and what a way to travel, far better than the bus.
The ferries depart regularly from Manly Wharf, during peak hours about every 15 minutes and at other times at slightly longer intervals. Two types of ferries operate, the traditional ferry which takes approximately 30 minutes to do the trip, and the modern cat ferries which take 15 minutes. We prefer the traditional ferry, great view and a pleasant speed. This is the ferry to take should you want to take photos.
The ferry goes direct to the city and berths at Circular Quay, only 5 minutes walk to the Opera House and Botanical Gardens in one direction and the same time to The Rocks heritage precinct and the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Circular Quay has a rail station which will take you to the Shopping district , best station is Town Hall. From here there are many shops and arcades, with Darling Harbour located less than 10 minutes walk.
Catch the ferry from Circular Quay for your return to Manly
The seaside suburb of Manly is connected with downtown Sydney by frequent ferries and faster boats.
Boats leave Circular Quay in central Sydney regularly during the day, arriving at Manly Wharf just a short journey later.
I caught a ferry to Manly during my visit to Sydney in April 2006. The following information is correct as of that date:
Ferries, operated by "Sydney Ferries", leave from Wharf #3 at Circular Quay for Manly approximately every 30 minutes.
The journey time between Circular Quay and Manly Wharf is approximately 30 minutes by ferry. This journey time can be halved to 15 minutes if you catch one of the faster Jet Cats, but these boats are more expensive than the ferries.
Adults: 6.20 AUD each way
Concessions: 3.10 AUD each way
Upon arrival at Manly, there is a small sandy beach right next to the wharf (see main picture). Follow The Corso (Manly's main pedestrianised street) to get from the wharf to Manly Beach and the Scenic Walkway along the coast to Manly's other beaches.
Unlike my first trip to Manly I took the ferry over this time. Was stuck on the slow diesel service instead of the JetCat as we were on a day pass. But when combined with two two trips from Circular Quay to the zoo and this one to Manly (30 minutes each way) it was good value.
The best way to get to Manly is certainly by ferry or the jet cat. The jet cat, the fastest alternative, takes you 15 mins and the ferry 30 mins. I think it's a very nice trip. You get to see Sydney harbour and the coast all the way out to Manly. The ferry has something nostalgic to it. And it's so more quiet and relaxing than going by car or bus.