Manly beach is a Bamboo Beach favourite. It's the beach that inspired us and where we began with small steps back in 2012.
It’s a beautiful beach that stretches from South Steyne at the South and heads North, past 'The Corso', the volleyball courts and North Steyne, all the way up to Queenscliff. Tourists tend to flop and drop on their beach towels near 'The Corso' and volleyball courts, whilst the further North you head the more likely you'll find locals hanging out.
While I could wax lyrical about the awesomeness of the beach, the town, the cafe’s, bars and amazing people I thought I might instead show you another darker, moodier side to this famous beach.
(Storm surf from the old BB office - Queenscliff)
With winter well and truly upon us and with the recent run of frigid conditions you'll find that your BB beach towel and Turkish towels aren't just made for the beach. The BB Originals make great blankets to get all cosy with on the couch, or as super nice after surf warmers to wrap up tight in. Our Turkish towels look great as bed spreads, throws and scarf style neck warmers.
(The Queenscliff Bombie)
Over the years living and working in Manly I have seen huge storm surf wash away the beach. Winds so strong it has whipped sand from the beach and covered the road at the Queenscliff end of the beach. Washing machine surf which calms to perfection. The lagoon bursting its banks at least once a year from heavy rain. Branches down from the famous Norfolk pines. Flash flooding and pedestrians drenched at the infamous North Styene puddle when cheeky drivers just can’t help themselves from driving through it.
(The Queenscliff Lagoon with its banks burst. Normally thats all sand - fondly known as the desert)
These storms which can be quick and furious blasts, or sometimes the longer, more powerful and infamous East coast lows, create an aura of excitement and energy quite different from your usual hot and sunny beach days.
(North Steyne drainer after a storm)
While these storms are not the best conditions for hanging at the beach on your Bamboo Beach, beach towel or Turkish towel, it's usually in the aftermath of the storm that the magic happens. The swell cleans up and the surf starts pumping. The light can get magical as the clouds, moisture and sun collide to create golden hues. People hit the boardwalk again, soaking up the serenity, the calmness and the magic that is Manly.
(Nice light - North Steyne looking towards Bower)
(Chunky wedges after a storm)
(Moonrise over settling seas)