After a day of rest, laundry and reading, we ventured out on the ferry to Manly, a north shore suburb with a well known surf beach. We had repeat views of the Opera house and the bridge on our ferry trip over with a twist-- today we had sunshine! The beach at Manly IS the big draw (the ferry was packed)--it is a huge crescent of sand with fabulous colored water where the world surfing championships were held in 1964. Named by Captain Phillips for the indigenous people-their confidence and manly behavior he said made him name it Manly Cove. After a view of the beach, we chose the Yardarm Taphouse for lunch. Elevated on the 1st floor (the street level is the ground floor) gave us a panoramic view of the trees, beach and water while enjoying a brew and great sandwiches. We contemplated taking a hike to North Head in the Sydney Harbour National Park but ran out of time after surveying all the surfers, sunbathers and other interesting characters. We missed the big lizards, though. Guess they were to chameleon like and hid from us.
Following our ferry ride back to the city, we headed up George Street to see the Queen Victoria Building, a late 19th century Romanesque Revival building with a spectacular 3 story Christmas tree on display for the season. Not really a place I could shop (stores are quite designer and expensive) we could window shop and admire the tree. We could not get it all in one photo, but we have a couple with 2 of 3 stories!