Forty Baskets Beach, Sydney

Manly Wharf was just 2 more kilometers away when we came across this beautiful and lesser known beach called Forty Baskets. We had already completed a bushwalking of 7 kilometers, starting from Spit Bridge. Our last pit-stop was Reef Beach, just 400 meters away from Forty Baskets.

"The name Forty Baskets Beach is related to the European history of the area. Not too far away, especially if travelling by boat, is the historic Quarantine Station and in 1875 a contingent of soldiers had been detained here in quarantine having returned from the war in Sudan. A group of fishermen caught 40 baskets of fish at the beach which were then used to feed the contingent and their amazing catch is now immortalised in the name of the beach." Excerpt from site  Australia Past Present

Interesting isn't it :)
Well, the place looked just as  fascinating. Rocky shorelines, swings and benches to sit and enjoy the view, magnificent houses along the road ... there's even water and bathroom facilities for the tired bushwalkers trying to complete the 10km coastal walk.

How to Reach:

Take a Ferry to Manly from Circular Quay will come across this beach on your way, about 2 kms away from wharf.

Linking to Skywatch Friday


  1. Wonderful pictures, as always! And the history of the place is interesting too, so many sad chapters in world geographical history!

  2. Enjoyed the history of the place. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Lovely shots of sky and beach.

  4. Hi Rajlakshmi, this seems like a fantastic place! My sis-in-law lives in Sydney, will forward this post to her! I had been there too a couple of years ago, the best vacation of my life!

  5. The day you took the pictures was gorgeous. I enjoy beach hopping too.

  6. I like what the clouds bring into the picture,the only condition is it should be a sunny day. It is interesting how each nook and corner of the world has its own history. I want to know more about those quarantined soldiers. Were they left there to die?

  7. I don't know when on earth will I visit it.. and you.. you're burning my blood here, uploading such spectacular pictures!

  8. Beautiful shots. I love the way you've framed the 2nd one. It's been a long time since I've been to Manly Beach. I don't remember Forty Baskets Beach.

  9. Pretty sky and a lovely view. Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

  10. interesting story indeed where the name of it came from, other places used legends, if its history then its really nice to know

  11. uuu, this sounds great, and also 10 km path for a coastal walk with all the facilities.... I would LOVE to walk that path.


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