Each year my workplace takes a group of young people to the outback as part of our Sister City program and I was lucky enough to supervise this year’s team.
I forget how spectacular our country is. All those wide open spaces, the red earth and grass plains under bright blue skies; our hardworking famers and rich Aboriginal heritage and a life quite different to mine.
It’s the natural environment that I appreciate most about living in Manly. The busy beach front and ferries are synonymous, but that’s not all it has to offer and it’s quite easy to avoid the crowds if you choose.
On Sunday I joined friends for the The Spit Bridge to Manly walk. Around nine kilometres long, it offers off-road tracks, remote beaches, sweeping harbour views and an array of wildlife, right in the middle of Sydney. I also discovered significant aboriginal rock carvings of animals and daily life which I hadn’t seen before.
Taking time for photographs, lunch and a swim, we finished the walk in a leisurely four hours.