The Five Star Vagabond

Super travel tips, all road tested by David Herd. I'm an Australian guy who moved to Thailand in 2011 & still travel the world as often as possible.


Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Arriving at Manly

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

 Manly Sydney beach-side suburb is one of my favourite places in Australia. Most visitors arrive by ferry from Circular Quay, a 30 minute journey which showcases the best harbour in the world.

Manly Sea life Sanctuary

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Just to west of Manly wharf is the Sea life Sanctuary.

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Manly wharf has many cafes and bars, a great place for lunch.

Opposite Manly wharf

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

It is a 5 minute walk from the wharf to the beach.

Manly Corso

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

These shops in Manly have not changes in decades.

Relaxing on the Corso

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

I think Manly is far nicer than Bondi, the world famous beach on the south side of the harbour.

Beautiful Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Manly beach and Shelly beach in the distance.  Shelly Beach is the only west facing beach on the eastern coast of Australia.

 Manly Wharf Hotel

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

A great place for drinks, food and lots of eye candy.

Cold beer beside the harbour

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Sunday afternoon is a busy time at the Manly wharf hotel.

Old friend Paul Slaughter

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

We have enjoyed many Sunday afternoons drinking cold beer and watching the young girls pass by. Both of us fully realise at our age we are totally invisible to them.  Ah! I’m so happy to be living in Pattaya. 🙂

Fish & chips at Manly beach

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

I was showing my friend Sue from Shanghai the delights of manly, so naturally we had to sample the famous fish & chips. 🙂

Manly Lodge Boutique Hotel

Sydney Circular Quay Manly Ferry

Nice small hotel in a good location, for a great room rate just book through THIS LINK.

West of Manly towards Balgowlah.

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

A tranquil swimming pool with a million dollar view.

West of Manly

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

How peaceful is this scene? 🙂

Dee Why beach

Manly Sydney beach-side suburb

Just a few miles north of Manly is Dee Why beach, more peaceful than Manly and some very good cafes & restaurants.

Fabulous breakfast at Dee Why

Food friends Sydney

One of the few things I miss living in Thailand are the fabulous Australian breakfasts.

Bumped into an old friend


 Here is Jill, an old girlfriend from the Gold Coast. We really had some fun back in the 90s.

Thanks for visiting my Manly Sydney beach-side suburb photo blog.

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Author: David Herd

My history, particularly over the last 30 years is dominated by overseas travel. I sold my home in Australia October 20th 2011 and have have been living in Thailand since then. I don’t know where the time has gone? It seems like you go to sleep one night, wake up the next morning, and 20 years have flashed by. Not sure how many years I have left, however I have enjoyed a wonderful charmed life, and if it all ended today I would leave this world with no regrets. I was born in Sydney halfway through the last century, started my travels in the 60s with the usual U.K. Europe adventure at the age of 20, back to Australia and worked in Sydney, Melbourne & Adelaide in Sales & Marketing with multinational companies including Sanyo, Canon & Remington. Engaged to be married 3 times and never quite made it to the alter, finally realized by the mid 90s I was not cut out for "long term relationships" so I moved to the Gold Coast in Queensland in January 1987, worked for a couple of banks as a Financial Planner, I took a year off work in 1998 to travel and never went back to full time work again, after 25 fun filled years on the Coast I packed up and moved to Thailand. What is the purpose of this blog? Well I really want to use it to record my travel experiences & to display my photographs, give and receive travel tips, comment on places I visit, restaurants I eat in and use it to replace the autobiography I intended to write, apart from all that it helps me fill in my day. :) I moved to Thailand mainly because I wanted to keep travelling while my health allowed me to, there are huge advantages being closer to all the places I want to visit. Cost of living in Thailand is around 35% of the cost in Australia, plus flights are 50% cheaper because you are much closer to everywhere. ???? Consequently I am able to travel to many more places compared to living in Australia. Having said all that, it is & has always been my intention to return to Australia when my travelling is finished, I predict this will happen around 2021.

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