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.
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