Name Jim Ferry
AKA “Doc” or “The Manly Ferry”
Business Manly Beach Babies
Location Darley Road, Manly

What’s your favourite place on the Northern Beaches?
My home on Delwood beach

Is there something about you that would surprise people?
I’m really Irish (mum and dad both born in Ireland) however, I sound Scottish and I have 9 sisters.

What’s something everyone should do at least once?
Have a baby!!

It’s Sunday afternoon, where do we find you?
Exercise or coffee with the kids

If you were down to your last $50 what would you spend it on?
Coffee – to give me the energy to figure out what to do next.


How long have you been operating?
30 years, I actually had a very busy GP practise in Manly prior to specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology.

Best business experience?
Setting up Manly Beach Babies

If you weren’t doing this, what would you be doing?
I thought about being a pilot.

Best part of your job or most enjoyable part of your job?
Delivering healthy babies and being part of a wonderful experience.

Most stressful part of your job?
Some babies have defects with bad outcomes.

Weirdest thing that has ever happened at work?
Telling a bemused couple they’re having triplets.

What’s the best part of working on the Northern Beaches?
Why’d you chose to work here? Manly, best suburb in the best city in the best country on the planet.


What would you rate 10/10?
Ummm Manly!

What is the best advice you’ve received?
Life’s short. Do it once. Do it well.

What’s the best thing that’s happened to you this week?
Greatest strength? Persistence and time management.

Greatest weakness?
Repeating myself.

Does anything scare you?
Losing my marbles.

What’s your most treasured possession?
My kids.

What’s your idea of absolute happiness?
Coffee with kids after a swim on balmy Manly Beach.

Which two famous people would you choose to be stuck in a lift with?
Billy Connelly and Einstein.

What travel experiences is on your bucket list?
Russia is next.

How do you switch off?

What’s your guilty pleasure?
3am snacks.

Who’s your personal hero?
Einstein & my working-class parents.

If you were an animal, what would you be?
Night owl.

How would you like to be remembered?