Family activities, Manly Beach

Manly’s harmonious balance of carefree beach life and urban sophistication makes it one of Sydney’s most popular playgrounds. Whether you are looking to surf, swim, shop or wine and dine, you’ll be able to thoroughly immerse yourself in Manly. For spectacular views, take a ferry from Circular Quay across majestic Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf.

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About Manly

Situated between a tranquil inner-harbour beach on one side and a popular surf beach on the other, Manly combines a laid-back beachside attitude with sophisticated dining and shopping.

Manly’s long ocean-side stretch of sand, running all the way from Queenscliff Beach to North Steyne Beach and Manly Beach, has long held a strong attraction for walkers, bathers and surfers alike. The smooth waves make it the perfect place to try your hand at surfing, with the Manly Surf School and SEA Australia offering beginner courses.

For a well-informed exploration of the local coastal trails and marine life in the area, EcoTreasures offer a 'Snorkel, Walk and Talk' tour. This includes optional lessons for kayaking, surfing and stand-up paddleboarding.

A bicycle from Manly Bike Tours is a great way to explore Manly’s hidden coves and beaches. Ride north to Freshwater Beach and Little Manly Cove. Collins Flat Beach, found between North Head and Little Manly Cove, is the perfect spot for a picnic.

The Corso connects Manly Wharf to the famous surf beach. A delightful shopping area, the Corso offers an open space to walk to the palm-tree lined Steyne promenade, where you can roller-blade and cycle. The area is home to a number of fine cafes, restaurants and pubs that have great food and impeccable views.

Make your way to Manly Wharf, in Little Manly Cove, to relax in the welcoming pub atmosphere of the stylish Manly Wharf Hotel. You can also enjoy the spectacular view with a cocktail or pizza at Hugo’s. Bavarian Bier Cafe is a local favourite with a large range of local and international beverages as well as schnitzels, burgers and other offerings fresh off the grill. 4 Pines Brewery’s beer inspired menu meanwhile attracts beer lovers from across the coast.

The nearby Manly SEA LIFE Sanctuary is meanwhile home to a different variety of marine life including sharks, turtles and stingrays - the perfect place to take the kids.

By ferry from Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, it is 30 minutes across the deep blue Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf. Those who fully succumb to the sunny charms of the area can find a wide variety of accommodation to suit all needs, from plush hotels, homely bed and breakfasts to apartment options.

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