We have one full day in Sydney in early January and we are looking for some walking options.
Ten years ago I came to Sydney and rode around on the Bondi Explorer bus. I remember seeing water views from high above, but I was so jet-lagged that I...um...fell asleep a few times on the bus between stops so I have no idea where I was. I just remember it was beautiful. I have been looking at google maps trying to figure out what locations we stopped in.
In the course of that I found the Bondi Explorer bus is no longer running the way it was in 2002. The new City Sightseeing bus route looks like it doesn't really run along the coast and therefore doesn't hit all of the stops that the old Explorer route took.
Looking through the TA archives, I see that the Spit Bridge to Manly walk is highly recommended, which makes me think we should be looking to the north shore instead.
Now getting on to my questions--do we have time to walk around both locations? The transport website shows Manly Fast Ferry provides service between Manly and Watson's Bay, which would cut down on some travel time. But the Manly Fast Ferries require separate tickets and do not accept MyMulti passes--is that right?
Could we take a bus to Spit Bridge, walk to Manly, take a ferry to Watson's Bay, walk around there a little, and then take the ferry back to CQ? Would that take a whole day? I guess that leaves out Bondi, doesn't it....
Ferry to Manly, and walk around there; then ferry from Manly to Watson's Bay and walk around there; then bus to Bondi and walk around there?
I know I'm trying to stuff three days of sight-seeing into one day. I have read descriptions of both areas in the TA archives as well as on the Sydney Coastal Walks website. Both sound like they have fantastic views and I wish we could see both. Please let me know if you think it's possible (and enjoyable), or if we would be rushing to see "everything" and therefore not have time to enjoy it.
Thank you all for your advice.