Sunrise - Manly Australia
“There is a sunrise and a sunset every single day, and they're absolutely free. Don't miss so many of them .” - Jo Walton
Sometimes we forget the benefit of waking up early on a Sunday morning to enjoy the sunrise, a delicious breakfast, and a walk along a beautiful beach. It is too often preferred to sleep in and lie around. When you live near a beautiful town like Manly, it is not so hard to want to be a morning person. Sunday at the sea for sunrise has become an addiction for me, the best start to a day, and Manly is a great place to experience it.
Enjoy the Sunrise
Manly is full of places to see the sunrise. You can basically see it along the entire three-kilometer path from Queenscliff to North head. There is a secret spot out on the rocks of Queenscliff, and multiple vantage points on the hills above Shelly Beach. Most the time, just a view from Manly Beach is as good as anywhere else. I’ve found the clearest of days are not necessary the best, as the clouds can reflect the early morning sun, making a magical sunrise.
"Opportunities are like sunrises, if you wait to long, you miss them.” - William Authur Ward
Take a Walk
The famous walk is from Queenscliff to Shelly Beach, a protected marine reserve. It tracks along beautiful beaches which are local to a culture of health enthusiasts, back packing sun bathers, expert surfers and world class volleyball players. There are four distinct sections along the path, Manly Beach, the water’s edge walk between Manly Beach and Shelly Beach, Shelly Beach, and the hills above it called North Head. For the real serious walkers (hikers), heading up North head is a must see. It is an odd military base which is now a free National Park offering scenic views of Manly, the Pacific Ocean, Watson’s Bay, and Sydney. There are some Aboriginal rock engravings, and protected wildlife.
Have a Breakfast
Manly is one of the cutest towns in the Australia. The “Corso” runs a short distance from Wharf to Manly Beach, and it has endless places for a quality coffee and delicious breakfasts. There are shops along Manly Beach, in the main Corso, along its ally ways, and at the Wharf. A local favourite spot is Bare Naked Bowls, famous for acai bowls and coffee. For a coffee with sunrise, there is The Rope & Anchor Café which opens just in time to get a cup and cross the street for sunrise.