I'm considering moving to Manly or Dee Why, and got a couple of questions. Do you know how busy these beaches are at 6am - 6:30am on a week day? I've been told that in Cronulla it can get pretty crowded at 6am, with 20-30 surfers per peak. On top of that, the 6am surfers are probably good surfers, so it's going to be hard to snatch any waves from them. Sure, it depends on the conditions etc, but a feel for the crowd factor would be appreciated.
Another question is the commute from Dee Why to CBD. If I catch an express bus (L90...), how long does it roughly take in the morning to get to CBD? The timetable says around 40 mins, but in my experience timetables wildly underestimate the traffic. I'm thinking more about 1hr, but hopefully not longer than this - would that be a fair estimate?
As for the commute from Manly to CBD, I'm assuming there is no problem catching a ferry at 8am, is there? It's not that busy that ferries get filled up?