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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.

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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 some laid-back beachside attitude within a sophisticated dining and shopping hub.

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.

Running between the main beaches, the palm-tree lined Corso on the Steyne promenade takes pride of place in Manly’s central shopping strip, while offering an open space to walk, roller-blade or cycle. The area is home to a number of fine establishments that offer 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 forty 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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  • 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 Sydneys 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

    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.

  • 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. Theres 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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