Sydney Summery Femmosphere Meetup: Sunday December 18 in Manly, come one, come all

Don’t forget the Femmosphere meetup in Sydney on Sunday December 18, ie this Sunday.

A ferry approaches Manly Wharf, as seen from the harbour beach

Manly Beach Fähre by savv CC BY-SA


Location: Manly Wharf Hotel, East Esplanade, Manly.

Date and time: Sunday 18th December, 11:00am, for chat and, if it suits you, lunch.

The original posts said 11:30am, and you’re still welcome to arrive then or later if it suits you! However, the Hotel does not have table reservations, so if you can come by 11 when they open, I’d appreciate the help securing a large table!

Who: There’s no level of existing involvement in the femmosphere required. Creators, commenters, lurkers, newcomers and familiar faces all welcome. Friends, partners and children all welcome.

RSVP: an idea of numbers would be handy for any reservation. If you didn’t reply to the poll yet, I’ve edited it to show only December 18, so you can RSVP using the poll.

Getting there

Public transport: any transport that delivers you to central Manly will work.

  • Ferry: catch the Manly ferry from Circular Quay. Go out past the wharf shops onto the footpath, turn right, and the Manly Wharf Hotel is less than 200 metres away. The 10:30 and 11:00 departures from Circular Quay suit this meetup, if people want to coordinate meeting up for the ferry ride over, comment here!
  • Buses: Manly Wharf is served by an astounding array of buses, including the 131, 132, 139, 142, 155, 156, 158, 169 from the Northern Beaches and suburbs to their west, the 136 from Chatswood via the Northern Beaches, and the 143 and 144 from Chatswood/St Leonards via Military Road.

Car parking: free street parking is likely to be very limited with restricted times of 1 to 2 hours. And the parking inspectors are very attentive on summer weekends. There is very pricey paid parking at the wharf and cheaper paid parking in the multi-storey Council carparks with prices suitable to a 2 to 3 hour stay.

Wheel accessibility

The staff said:

We have excellent wheelchair accessibility and a disabled toilet.


The staff said:

Children are most welcome provided they are with their parent or guardian and well behaved.

Note that it’s simply a sit-down relaxed pub atmosphere, they don’t cater specifically to children. However there is a calm beach very nearby and several parents are coming along, so there should be a place and people to escape with if your child wants out.


A quick should-be-obvious: respect people’s pseudonyms. Many people will use their meatspace name at the meetup (although if you want to introduce yourself by a pseudonym feel free). That doesn’t mean you can use their meatspace name if you blog/tweet about the meetup.


Again, should-be-obvious: if you come to the event please do not take photographs of participants without their express permission (or that of their parent/guardian in the case of young children). In particular, if you’re intending to publish it on the web or elsewhere let them know before taking the photograph.

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17 replies

  1. I thought I could come, but I can’t. My choir are billeting a university choir from Brazil and they’re leaving on Sunday afternoon, so I need to be around for that.

  2. I’m looking forward to it. 🙂
    Whether or not I get there at 11 or 11.30 will depend on how well my Christmas shopping is going. If I haven’t finished it by Sunday morning, I may be a bit later.

  3. I might be able to make it, due to rearranged plans! Yay!

  4. I am definitely coming to one of these soon, am dying with envy.

  5. “if you come to the event please do not take photographs of participants without their express permission (or that of their parent/guardian in the case of young children).”
    Can I suggest that you also ask the child, and if they say no then respect their wishes, regardless of what parents say.

  6. Linda Radfem: indeed, that was the reason I applied the modifer “young”. My own child is pre-verbal (for the purposes of this kind of question), so it’s either me acting as a proxy for his being a subject or not photographing him at all. I’m willing to act as a proxy at the present time.

  7. I should be able to get there by around 11 am, give or take, depending on public transport waiting times 🙂

  8. So very much want to come, but with my book deadline I may not be able to justify it to myself, if Nigel follows through on his suggestion that he take the wee fella out somewhere so I can have some extra writing time. Will see how the morning plays out.

  9. Running late. Argh. Just in case anyone is wondering where I am and thinks to check here 🙂 See you all soon!

  10. Thanks for coming folks! Was great to catch up, and a shame it ran into the back of nap time for my family.

    Looking forward to next time!

  11. Thanks for organising!

    • Yes, thanks so much for organising everything – it was a lovely gathering.
      I’ve just got back from mr tog’s carol service on the lawn of the local church – it ended early enough but then there was tea/coffee and baked goods afterwards, plus all the dismantling of the sound equipment, so we’ve only just got home. Pizza time!

      • BTW, a combination of hangover and missing talking politics etc got me a bit extra gabby and ranty by the end of the gathering yesterday – apologies to those I talked over the top of (I know it;s just one of those things that happens in a loud crowded space, I nonetheless think I did a wee bit more than my share of it yesterday).

  12. So sorry to have missed it (especially the ranting), after looking forward to it for weeks. Suddenly got The Fear about my deadline and my longstanding habit of saying ‘sod it’ when I should be working but there’s something social I want to do. My Goneril chapter is completely out of control. Merry season’s greetings, anyway.

  13. I was worrying that I was talking over the top of people myself, tigtog! You were fine as far as I was concerned. 🙂
    orlando! So many people there were missed. We really do need to do a Coogee outing in January again.

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