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Family activities, Manly Beach

Manly is the perfect Sydney beach for the whole family. There is sheltered swimming in a netted ocean pool, an aquarium filled with creatures of the deep, great fish and chips and plenty of ice-cream shops.

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About Manly

Nestled between a tranquil inner-harbour beach on one side and a popular Pacific Ocean surf beach on the other, Manly combines a laid-back attitude with a sophisticated dining scene and stylish shopping.

The palm-tree lined Corso leads you onto the Steyne promenade, where you can walk, roller-blade or cycle from Manly Beach to Freshwater Beach. Hire a bike, or head to Manly SEALIFE Sanctuary with the kids, enjoy casual dining and a ghost tour at Q Station or join a social game of beach volleyball on a Sunday afternoon.

You'll find a wide variety of accommodation to suit your needs, from plush hotels, homely bed and breakfasts to apartment options.  

Featuring a host of beachside dining options, Manly is home to a number of fine establishments that offer great food and impeccable views. Adriano Zumbo, of Masterchef fame, has opened up a Manly branch that offers his trademark macarons as well as a variety of delicious pastries that will have you coming back for more. Bavarian Bier Cafe is also a local favourite as there are a large range of local and international beverages as well as schnitzels, burgers, sausages and other offerings fresh off the grill. Another popular establishment is 4 Pines Brewery; it’s beer inspired menu attracts beer lovers from all across the state.

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My Manly

Manly breathes a freedom and liveability rivalled by few places in the world. The "My Manly" plans allow day trippers, over-nighters and the like to create their own itinerary, book as they please and take advantage of some impressive special offers along the way!

Less than thirty minutes from Sydney by ferry, yet a million miles from care, Manly is Sydney's premier seaside suburb.

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 Northern Beaches

Northern Beaches

North of the city, the beautiful stretch of coastline from Manly to Palm Beach has a relaxed beachside ambience and plenty of things to see and do. The Northern Beaches serve as one of Sydney’s finest attractions. Visit the Barrenjoey Lighthouse which offers a view up and down the coastline north of Sydney. Nearby Narrabeen Beach is also worth a visit.

 Family Activities

Family Activities

The entire family will love a trip to Manly as there are a host of activities that can be enjoyed by the entire clan. There is sheltered swimming in a netted ocean pool as well as an aquarium that the kids will absolutely love. There are also plenty of family friendly restaurants in the area so everyone in the family is bound to find something they like.

 The Manly Ferry

Manly Ferry

The best time to take a journey on the Manly ferry is late in the afternoon as it offers a pristine vantage point where you can take in the gorgeous sunset over the Sydney Harbour Bridge. There’s a tonne of things to do once you reach Manly; a visit to Oceanworld, fish and chips on the beach, para sailing, surfing lessons and whale watching are all great ways to spend the day. 

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