Manly beach lifestyle


See expert surfers ride the waves at Manly Beach, where the Australian Open of Surfing is held in February. Buy fish and chips on the lively Corso and head to the beach to enjoy them and watch all the action.

You’ll find plenty of beachside cafés, bars and restaurants. There are popular pubs on the Corso, such as the Ivanhoe Hotel Manly and Hotel Steyne. Manly Wharf, overlooking Sydney Harbour, also has quality restaurants, such as Papi Chulo. The 4 Pines Brewing Co serves its own craft beers opposite the wharf.

  • Surfing at Manly, Image; Destination NSW
  • Exterior photo of the southern end of Manly Beach.

Things to do in Manly

Manly Beach is one of Australia’s most famous surfing beaches - the first world surfing championship was held here in 1964. With a tree-lined promenade and a long stretch of fine soft sand, the beach is a popular destination for backpackers and families.

For a delightful day out, take a ferry at Circular Quay, near the Sydney Opera House, for a 30-minute trip across Sydney Harbour to Manly Wharf. Walk from the wharf up the Corso, a lively shopping and pedestrian boulevard that leads to Manly Beach.

At the northern end of the beach is Queenscliff headland, where an offshore submerged reef, or bombora, creates the kind of waves prized by top surfers. A short stroll south from the Corso brings you to pretty Shelly Beach, a sheltered area popular for snorkelling, diving, barbecues and picnics.

Cabbage Tree Bay, Shelly Beach, Manly - Image; DNSW

Dive Centre Manly offers scuba diving courses for beginners and guided dives for certified divers. For surfing lessons, check in at Manly Surf School. Accommodation options range from luxury hotels to youth and backpacker hostels.

Explore the coastline on a bicycle from Manly Bike Tours, heading north to Freshwater Beach, the historic home of Australian surf culture. Both Manly and Freshwater beaches are on the National Surfing Reserves as significant surfing locations.

  • Manly Surf, Image DNSW

    Learn to surf or paddleboard

    If you're new to surfing, then Manly is one of the best places in the world to learn to surf, while stand-up paddleboarding offers a different experience for those looking to enjoy the waves. Manly Surf School and Sydney Scenic SUP (Stand Up Paddleboarding) both provide all the equipment and guidance that beginners need.

  • Manly Beach, Image - Hamilton Lund

    Get active in Manly

    In addition to water-based activities, such as kayaking and snorkelling, there are lots of things you can do around Manly. Get involved in a game of beach volleyball or hire a bike. EcoTreasures offer plenty of coastal walks to and from Manly that help you discover the true beauty of the area.

  • Manly Wharf, Image - Andrew Gregory DNSW

    Waterside dining in Manly

    With such a prominent beach lifestyle, it's no surprise that Manly's seaside dining is in a league of its own. With small cafes serving some of the best coffees in Sydney, takeaways offering locally caught fish and a number of up-market restaurants along the beach and the wharf, you're never short of options.

Popular Pages in Manly

  1. Cabbage Tree Bay

    Cabbage Tree Bay is an aquatic reserve that aims to protect marine life. It covers an area of approximately 20 hectares, from the southern end of Manly Beach, including the rocky shores and beaches, to the northern of...

  2. Ecotreasures

    Discover some of Sydney's greatest natural treasures from majestical marine life to the intriguing wildlife that makes a trip Down Under unforgettable.EcoTreasures offer a variety of tours sure to cater to...

  3. Freshwater Beach

    A stunning family beach wedged between two headlands, Freshwater is a short walk north from Manly. A coastal walk further north will take you to Curl Curl. The north headland provides excellent...

  4. Manly Jazz

    Friday 22 September to Monday 2 October 2017, Manly

    The 40th annual Manly Jazz will be held over the October long weekend and surrounding dates with performances in multiple indoor and outdoor venues including major stages alongside the world famous Manly Beach...

    22 Sep -02Oct

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