Canvasing Sydney, Australia
Sean explores Manly Beach and trades artwork for a custom surfboard from master shaper Sojo. Sean also finds inspiration from Sherlock and Jules, a homeless couple that give up traditional life to live in a cave in the heart of Sydney prompting his painting “Sherlock”.
One of the most beautiful cities in the world, the city fans out from the sparkling harbour and architectural wonder of the Opera House to iconic Manly Beach, golden Palm Beach in the north, and Australia’s oldest national park in the south. A wonderland of beautiful beaches, historical sites, fabulous shows, delicious restaurants and much more, Sydney is brimming with memorable experiences.
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You can experience the world’s oldest living culture on a range of Aboriginal-guided tours. One of the largest public collections of Aboriginal art is in Sydney’s galleries and museums.
You’ll find plenty of exciting things to do in Manly Beach, Sydney’s iconic beach suburb. It has all the cosmopolitan buzz of the city center all with a relaxed coastal vibe. There is world-class surfing but also little coves to explore the underwater life and seawater rock pools.
Simply hop on a ferry at Circular Quay and glide across one of the world’s great natural harbours to Manly. You’ll want to be on the right or starboard side of the Ferry for the best view of the Opera House. Then hop off at the wharf for a short walk to the beach along the Corso, a lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard.
One of the best ways to see the Sydney coast is through a trail network of urban coastal walks. The walking path is designed to do a few sections at a time, all with easy access to public transportation. Our favorite was Shelly Beach to the Spit Bridge walk.
You can also download the App “Sydney Culture Walks” to find more coastal trails.
We also like the Urban Hunt: City scavenger hunt. It’s like your own self-paced tour guide!
For information about the maker’s market and farmer’s market, click here
Sean’s favorite brewery in Manly:
Sean’s favorite local surfboard shaper, John Sojoski, owner of Sojo Shapes or call +61 2 4339 2609
Sailing in Sydney Harbour
Our crew learned sailing basics from Explore Sailing’s America’s Cup, King Street Wharf #9, Darling Harbour, Reservations: +61 1300 670 008 or email:
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Since Sean Diediker has lived in Manly, Australia many times over the years, he has collected a few favorite lunch spots.
Chat Thai at Manly wharf is the best Thai food outside of Thailand.
Bare Naked Bowls favorite acai breakfast bowl.
MoMo bar, near the library square.
Banana Blossom is excellent for big hearty salads.
Fika Swedish Kitchen– everything is good here, go for coffee, breakfast or lunch or dinner it will be amazing!
Dolce Terra– Sean’s favorite lunch post-surf.
And for dinner reservations don’t miss out on Garfish, the best seafood in Sydney. Order the signature Snapper Pie. With mouth watering thick fillets of fresh snapper, you’ll see why this dish has our crew coming back for more.