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by Caroleann (subscribe)
I am a freelance writer living in Manly. I enjoy writing reviews for Weekend Notes. I enjoy the outdoors and anything to do with the water. My interests are travel, Live Theatre,The Ballet and Restaurants that serve delicious innovative food.
Published August 3rd 2015
This picturesque paradise is just waiting for you
The Cardinals Palace Hotel School of management
The Cardinals Palace now home of The International School of Hospitality and Management

The Tourism home International School of Management
A plaque explaining the history of The International College of Management

A couple of Sundays ago on a delightful day I joined my friend David Newton and his group to do a special walk of Manly. As I am a local, I acted as co-pilot as we explored some scenic and well kept secrets in this picturesque paradise.

Our first stop of interest was The Tourist Corporation International College of Management situated on the Eastern Hill in Darley Rd Manly. This building as well as its beauty has a rich history. It was once The Cardinal's Palace. It is a magnificent building with huge grounds which I used to play in as a child.

It was opened by Cardinal Patrick Moran in 1889. Young men lived and trained there to become priests. They had a strict regime to follow, however in their spare time they played football and there was a sports field on the grounds.

The College of Tourism and Hotel management The Cardinal,s palaceManly
The Cardinal's Palace Manly which is now The Tourist Corporation International College of Tourism and Hotel Management

I returned after our walk for a more in-depth look around the grounds. At this stage I decided to take a few more photos for viewing as this is a beautiful venue. There are stunning views of the ocean and also residential apartments within the grounds.

You can visit the grounds in daylight hours and attend special functions run by the International College of Tourism and Hotel Management which opened there in1996.

The Grounds of The Tourist Corporation College of Tourism and Hotel Management. Cardinal's Palace International College of Management
The beautiful grounds of The Cardinals Palace now The International College of Tourism and Hotel Management

Views from the front of the college are stunning, overlooking the water ways Manly and surrounds.

water views of manly touris Corporation International College of Managment
Water views from the International College of Management

After leaving the college on our walk we made our way up Darley Rd until we came to Manly Hospital. Here we stopped for a coffee break at their cute little kiosk. There are very affordable light meals and snacks on their menu.

Manly Hospital North head cafe
Manly Hospital - a stop point for walkers who want to grab a bite and refresh themselves.

After leaving the hospital cafe we continued up Darley Rd until we came to a bush road on our right. This path is easy walking and leads down to the Police Academy and then on to a delightful bush track.

Walking group going down a delightful bush track
Our walking group going down a delightful bush track

This track is about a kilometre long and has delightful views over looking the water. The track leads to Collins Flat a very private beach where you can go to avoid crowds. It is a favourite spot for a quiet picnic, also many boats moor there in the summer months.

A very pretty natural setting
A lovely setting of nature passed on our walk

Finally we reach Collins flat after passing a lovely natural waterhole and descending some steps.

Collins Flat beach Manly
Collins Flat Manly

After enjoying Collins flat we made our way to the other side of the beach. Here we ascended up some steps and did another short bush walk to Manly Point Park. We stopped for a rest and took some group photos as this area is just so scenic. If you wish, you can explore Manly Point Park. It is a very interesting park with a rich history. It was the site of the old Manly Gas Works.

Group photo of our walking group with me near my friend david who runs great walks
Photo of David's walking group with me beside David.

After a well earned rest, we walked through the park and down some steps which leads to Little Manly Beach. It is a delightful beach with a great little cafe that serves breakfast and lunch every day and also dinner in the summer months. It is a great place to stop if you are hungry.

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The tree lined st of Addison Rd Manly
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Why? A Great Walk in a ideal position
When: All year round
Phone: Tourist Corporation International College of Tourism and Hotel Managment 99770333
Where: Manly
Cost: most of it is free to enjoy
Your Comment
loved your article as my husband and I often use these articles to have outings around the city, however with him being in a wheel chair and myself using a mobility scooter, we always appreciate it when the articles address access for the disabled. Great information otherwise.
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