Manly has it all: beautiful beaches, tranquil bays, coastal walks, and buzzing cafes and bars. Manly combines the best of Sydney's beach lifestyle with a relaxed village feel. Getting there is half the fun when you catch a ferry from Circular Quay – just 30 minutes later, you're at Manly Wharf, with its serene inner-harbour beach and waterfront restaurants and bars.
It's just a 5-minute walk along the Corso from Manly Wharf to the oceanfront promenade that's lined with Norfolk Island pine trees. This stretch of sand comprises several ocean beaches –Queenscliff, South Steyne and North Steyne.
Explore Manly on foot, rollerblade or bike, with pathways and coastal walks taking you further north to Freshwater Beach or around the headland to Shelly Beach, a lovely sheltered sandy cove with plenty of colourful fish for a fantastic snorkelling or scuba diving experience.
Away from the beach, there are plenty of things to see and do. If you prefer to gaze at the marine life while staying dry, Manly Sea Life Sanctuary always delights with its huge sharks, giant stingrays, turtles and shoals of fish. Brave adventure seekers can even dive with the sharks!
To get up close and personal with marine life, Dive Centre Manly offers training and expeditions for all levels. If you'd rather stay on top of the water, you'll find a number of surf schools by the beach. Manly Surf School has classes for beginners and advanced surfers throughout the year, and Fairy Bower is a right-hand reef break that's popular with experienced surfers.
The popular Manly to Spit Bridge scenic walk is 10 kilometres long and takes three to four hours to complete at a moderate pace. Along the way, you'll discover parks, reserves and outstanding views of Sydney Harbour.
And of course, your day in Manly wouldn't be complete without a stop for a bite to eat or a cocktail at one of the many cafes and restaurants along the waterfront.