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    Moonee Ponds, Melbourne (inner N/W)

Rent: apartment rents are in the lower to mid range, house rental prices are higher

Vibe: Let's feed the ducks

Location: Parks, 5-10km from city centre

Dame Edna Everage made Moonee Ponds famous. The sparkling starlet hailed from Moonee Ponds in the 1950’s, which, at the time, was about as middle class and average as you can get. So, is Moonee Ponds still average? Nah. It has a strong Italian presence a pleasant shopping village, great public transport, great architecture, nice streets, and the BEST pizza in all of Melbourne. Moonee Ponds is one very family friendly place. (More info below...)
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9. KAYAKING IN SYDNEY HARBOUR Print E-mail

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If you like getting close to the water and approaching beaches from a different angle, try kayaking. Here are three options:

1. Spit Bridge - www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au

2. Rose Bay - www.ozpaddle.com.au

3. Manly - www.manlykayaks.com.au




 

Spit Bridge:
is in a low traffic area, in calmer conditions, so it's ideal for novices. Costs are approx $15 per hour. From Spit Bridge you can paddle to Chinaman’s beach, Balmoral Beach or Clontarff Beach – all of which are in Middle Harbour. Paddling in the harbour proper is not permitted from Spit Bridge. Half-day tours which take you to Aboriginal sites in Middle Harbour are available on weekends. Once the paddling is over, there are some food options at Spit Bridge, or head on to Mosman or Manly.  It’s recommended you bring a change of clothes, and a hat, sunscreen and water.
Spit Bridge, Mosman, Ph: (02) 9960 4389
www.sydneyharbourkayaks.com.au

 

Rose Bay:
If you want to paddle in the harbour, you can hire kayaks from Rose Bay. Paddling is allowed as far west as the Opera House or east to South Head. There is plenty of ferry traffic along here. Bring a picnic lunch and pull up alongside any beach. Or visit Nielsen Park. It's got great views and a kiosk.
Oz Paddle. I Vickery Ave, Rose Bay. Ph: 9371 7036
www.ozpaddle.com.au

 

Manly:

Kayak hire is also available at Manly from Manly Kayaks, next to Oceanworld. Check out North Harbour's secluded beaches and beautiful scenery. You can reach a secret beach from Manly via kayaking. It's called Store Beach. It's an aquatic reserve and breeding ground for endangered fairy penguins. Kayak straight onto the sand for a picnic lunch. Manly Kayaks offers picnic paddle groups; and single, double and triple kayaks for hire.
Manly Kayaks - Ocean World
West Esplanade, Manly - Ph: 0411 247 917
www.manlykayaks.com.au


GETTING THERE


Spit Bridge: Plenty of buses from Wynyard Station (Stand C) will stop at Spit Bridge, eg Manly, Mona Vale, Palm Beach, Avalon buses. You’ll just need to ask the bus driver to drop you off at Spit Bridge in Mosman. If you are driving there, Spit Bridge is on Military Rd.   MAP

 

Rose Bay: Drive along New South Head Rd until you reach Rose Bay or take the Watsons Bay ferry from Circular Quay and get off at Rose Bay.   MAP

 

Manly: take the ferry to Manly. If you decided to drive, go along Military Rd, then turn right into Sydney Rd which is after the Spit Bridge - that's if you are coming from the city. Kayaks can be hired from the east side of Manly Wharf.   MAP