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by Daphne McCann
On the morning of 10th April ten club members caught the 7am train to Sydney (at this time Daryl being the sole male member of the team - lucky Daryl!). We took public transport to Bondi Beach and started the coastal walk to Maroubra. The day provided brilliant sunshine for beautiful views of beaches, ocean and tanned bodies to be seen all along the way - doesn't anybody go to work in Sydney? With no time for swimming, we pushed on, having a welcome lunch break at Clovelly.
We arrived at Maroubra at 3.30pm and waited a while for a bus back to Central where we booked into our rooms and prepared for the evening. A privileged few went to the Centrepoint Revolving Restaurant, and the remaining poor souls enjoyed a meal in China Town.
Thursday morning was an early start - train to Wynyard and navigational difficulties trying to catch a bus to the Spit. Even the bus drivers couldn't tell us where they were going or if they stopped at Spit Bridge! Us country bumpkins arrived at the Spit to be joined by three more club members and one visitor, spoiling Daryl's fun by providing us with three more males to even the balance. The coastal walk to Manly is beautiful. It passes lovely beaches and provides fantastic views of Sydney Harbour from all different aspects. The track is easy to follow, with lots of shade and many fellow walkers to chat to. The promise of fish and chips for lunch kept us going at a reasonable pace, despite the many stops at view points for photo takes and identifying landmarks.
Lunch was much appreciated, followed by a ferry to the Quay, a coffee break at Central and a collapse onto the train home. A very successful trip, I think all will agree. The YHA accommodation was very good, except for the plastic room keys! It is a very convenient place to stay, providing there are no late night revelries in the hallway!
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The group at South Bondi
The group at North Bondi
The group on the Spit to Manly walk