No 22: Delwood Beach – 11 March 2012

I’ve been a bad blogger.  Our visit to Delwood Beach not only seems ages ago but was, in fact, ages ago.  The couple whose engagement party we attended in Manly on the Saturday night have since wed and are expecting their first child.

It was an unexpected almost-weekend away.

The engagement party was at the rowing club on Manly Cove on a bright, sea-sparkly, Saturday afternoon into evening. We had ridden our bicycles to Manly – no small thing at 27 kilometres (nearly 17 miles) and having forgotten just how hilly North Sydney is.  The feat impressed our friends and we were nonchalant about it – “Oh, yeah, we rode.”

Afterwards we had another round of beers at The Four Pines – a boutique brewery overlooking Manly Wharf.  We then retired to our mate Jim’s place for a late night chat and sleep over.

In the morning the weather proved delightful and the beach a welcome place to recover a bit. Delwood is a funny little beach.  Walking west from Manly Wharf, past the Oceanworld Manly Aquarium and up the hill, it’s the first beach you hit.  It’s reached by stairs and consists of a small rocky shelter with a million-dollar view out to the Sydney Heads and the sea beyond with the Manly Ferry plying its way across the horizon.

We hung about for a while enjoying the salty air and watching the sailors, windsurfers and snorkelers doing their Sunday things.  Jim and I ventured in for a freshening dip.  We took our photos and prepared to depart for the rest of our Sunday’s.

Delwood Beach is in the Manly Council LGA; Manly State Electorate (Mike Baird, Lib) and Warringah Federal Division (Tony Abbott, Lib).

Next up: No 23: Edwards

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