On our second day in Sydney, we wanted to visit the famous Bondi beach.
Even though it was winter, the sea was full of surfers looking to catch a wave. Instead of joining them, we took a leisurely stroll along the beach.
It looked like a storm was coming in so we decided not to do a coastal walk in the direction of Cogee as we had planned. However, after walking back along the beach to where the bus stop was, we noticed that the dark clouds had not advanced any closer. Tentatively we walked the coastal road, ready with our rain jackets in case of a downpour.
Like the rest of Sydney, there were lots of rocks! Here's an odd looking one that three shags perched on to preen themselves.
And we didn't get rained on! That storm cloud stayed right where it was.
While at Circular Quay, we stopped to watch Pe Pe as he worked on one of his large-scale and detailed paintings. He doesn't sell them, but takes donations and gives out postcard-sized sketches.
The ferry ride to Manly was a little over half an hour, and provided great views of the harbour including the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge. Instead of photographing this (as we already had photos of these iconic sights), we just sat back and enjoyed the ride from the balcony.
Here is an artist's illustration of our view from the ferry (elevated for effect) courtesy of Pe Pe.
Upon disembarking, we took a walk on the scenic route. There were many signs and notices on the footpaths to beware! Little Penguins are known to hang about in this area. We didn't see any unfortunately, but this artistic representation was an alright substitute.
It was nice to sit and watch the people and clouds go by. Still no little penguins to be seen!